Here is a selection of a few of the best TED Talks on the subject of kids, parenting and education.
In stark contrast to last week’s post of links from Cracked.com, TED talks are assumed to be genius, and they do not disappoint. They don’t allow embedding, so follow the links to see the full video.
Below are a few of the very best, and most iconoclastic talks from the last few years, each more compelling than the last.
Let’s Talk Parenting Taboos
Babble.com publishers Rufus Griscom and Alisa Volkman, in a lively tag-team, expose 4 facts that parents never, ever admit — and why they should.
The Linguistic Genius of Kids
Patricia Kuhl shares astonishing findings about how babies learn one language over another — by listening to the humans around them and “taking statistics” on the sounds they need to know.
5 Dangerous Things for Kids
Gever Tulley, founder of the Tinkering School, spells out 5 dangerous things you should let your kids do — and why a little danger is good for both kids and grownups.
On Child Carseats
Steven Levitt (Freakonomics) shares data that shows car seats are no more effective than seatbelts in protecting kids from dying in cars.
What Adults Can Learn from Kids
Child prodigy Adora Svitak (12 at the time of the talk) says the world needs “childish” thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism.
Schools Kill Creativity
Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.