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[Weekly Inspiration] What Adults Can Learn From Kids

[Weekly Inspiration] What Adults Can Learn From Kids

One of the most notable talks from more than a decade of TED came from a 12-year-old girl. Back in 2010, Adora Svitak had already published her first book of short stories and had booked speaking engagements in front of thousands of audience members. One of her favorite topics was the insights children can provide in the world of education.

“We kids aren't hampered as much when it comes to thinking about reasons why not to do things,” she says in her talk. Her point:

“We kids aren't hampered as much when it comes to thinking about reasons why not to do things,” she says in her talk. Her point: when you want outside-the-box thinking--on glass blowing or education--ask a kid.

Teachers can sometimes fall into the trap of believing that they are the sole cause of whatever happens in their classroom, good or bad. That thinking can only build pressure. Instead, as Adora illustrates, education should be reciprocal. Teachers should learn just as much from their students as vice versa, not only about matters of the classroom but about life. If you can develop that sort of culture, everyone will blossom.

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