Gifted children can teach a lot to adults. About this in her speech told the twelve-year-old Adora Svitak from the scene of the famous TED Conference. Adora believes that the most important thing in the upbringing of children is to believe in their abilities and capabilities, not to restrict them in their work and set a super task for them.
Adora knows what she is talking about: at the age of 7 she had already published her first book, and after participating in the program "Good Morning America" became a celebrity of a national scale, and began to blog on the Internet, in which she wrote not only about her interests, but shared thoughts about politics. At the same age, Andora began to give lectures.
We hope, the speech of the gifted child Adora will help you to decide on priorities in the upbringing of children.
ADORA SWITAK: WHY ADULTS CAN LEARN IN CHILDREN
I want to start with the question: When was your last behavior called childishness? For children like me, this word is used quite often.Every time we ask something ridiculous, irresponsibly behave, or demonstrate any signs of a normal American citizen, our actions are called childishness. And it worries me a lot.
After all, look at these events: imperialism and colonization, world wars, George W. Bush. Ask yourself: Who is to blame? Adults.
What did the children do? Anne Frank touched the hearts of millions with her Holocaust tale; Ruby Bridges helped put an end to segregation in the United States; and, most recently, Charlie Simpson helped raise 120,000 pounds for Haiti on his little bike. Thus, the examples shown confirm that age is absolutely nothing to do with.
The features described by the word childish are so often inherent in adults that we must abandon this age-discriminating word when it comes to criticizing irresponsible and irrational behavior.
On the other hand, who says that certain types of irrational behavior are not what the world needs now
Maybe you had earlier ambitious plans, but you stopped thinking that "This is impossible or too expensive or will not bring me benefits."
Fortunately or not, we children do not have much difficulty in thinking about the reasons why something should not be done.
Children can be full of inspiring aspirations and optimistic thoughts, such as my desire that no one is hungry or that everything is free.
How many of you can still think so and believe in the possibility of this?
Sometimes knowledge of the past, and the past fallacy of utopian ideals can be a heavy burden, because you know that if everything is free, food stocks will quickly run out, there will be a shortage and chaos.
On the other hand, we children still dream of perfection. And this is good, because in order to do something, you must first dream about it.
In many ways, the courage of our imagination helps push the boundaries of the possible. For example, in the glass museum in Tacoma, Washington, there is a program called "Children's Glass Design", and children draw their ideas for glass figures. And the masters working in this museum say that they draw many of their best ideas from this program, because children do not think about restrictions or how difficult it is to blow glass into a certain shape.
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They just come up with good ideas. And when you think of glass, you can imagine the colorful figures of Chihuly or, maybe, Italian vases, but children require glass masters to go beyond these ideas into the region of grievous snakes and boys from bacon, which, as you know, have "meat vision".
Children have already learned a lot from adults, and we have a lot in common. I think adults should start learning from children. I usually speak to teachers and students, and therefore I like this analogy. The teacher should not just stand at the head of the class and tell the students to do this and that. Pupils should train their teachers. Training between adults and children should be mutual.
And it seems that adults have such a predominantly restrictive relationship, starting with each “don't do it”, “don't do that” in a school textbook, to the limitations of using the Internet at school. As history notes, regimes become despotic when they are afraid of losing control. And, although adults do not act as oppressive as totalitarian regimes, children have no or very little right to vote in setting the rules, despite the fact that relations must be mutual, i.e.adults should learn and take into account the desires of the younger generation.
Even worse than the restrictions - adults often underestimate the abilities of their children. We love challenging tasks, but when the level of expectations is not high, believe me, we will fall to them.
The expectations of my parents regarding me and my sister cannot be called low. They did not tell us to become doctors or lawyers or anyone similar, but my dad read to us about Aristotle and about the first fighters with microbes, while other children listened to the children's song “The wheels of the bus are spinning and spinning”. In general, we listened to it, but the microbial wrestlers are incredibly cooler.
I started writing from the age of four, and when I was six, my mother bought me my own laptop with Microsoft Word installed. Thanks to Bill Gates and thanks to my mom. I wrote over 300 short stories on that little laptop and wanted them to be published. Instead of mocking the heresy that the child wants to publish, or the words that it is necessary to wait and grow up, my parents simply supported me.
Many publishers did not seek to inspire me to the same extent.One of the major publishers of children's literature ironically remarked that they do not work with children. The publisher of children's literature does not work with children? In my opinion, in this case you are losing a major customer.
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One publisher, Action Publishing, decided to take this step and believed me, and heard what I wanted to say. They published my first book, Flying Fingers - you can see it here - and since that moment it has been told in hundreds of schools, thousands of teachers have read it, and finally you heard about it today.
Children will grow up and become adults like you. Really, how are you? The goal is not to have children grow up and become adults like you, but to make them better than you were, which may be a little difficult, taking into account your merits.
Indeed, the goal of progress is for new generations and new eras to grow and develop and become better than previous ones. For this reason, we are no longer in the Middle Ages. No matter what position you have in life, you need to create opportunities for children so that we can grow and outperform you. You need to listen and learn from children and trust us and expect more from us.
You must listen to us today because we are the leaders of tomorrow, and we will take care of you when you are old and frail. Okay, just kidding. True, we will be the next generation, those who will move the world forward.