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Adora Svitak: What adults can learn from kids

Adora Svitak is a precocious young learner who spoke at TED in February 2010. She has some great ideas for turning around adult attitudes about children. She uses humor to “roast” the contemporary adult perspectives and misjudgments of childhood. In the short time she has to make her exposition, some of her points only boil down to the same idealistic platitudes that we’ve all heard (and said) before. But she does hit the mark when it comes to how children actually learn (experiential, inquiry-based, free-range learning) vs. how adults too often want them to learn (sit down, shut up, pay attention).

To her point, the word “childish” is a put-down, and does describe the antics of far too many adults. I prefer to use the term “childlike” when describing the ideal to which all people should strive. The Savior, Jesus Christ, used the phrase “become as little children” to teach how everyone ought to relate to one another. Not that we should fight like little children sometimes do (too often referring to the examples of their adult role models), but that we should all humble ourselves as children and realize that we are all vulnerable, we all make mistakes, and we all depend on the same God to give us life.

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One comment on “Adora Svitak: What adults can learn from kids

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