“My point is – don’t control them. Don’t protect them too much. They need to tumble some time. They need to get some injury. They need to learn how to live in this world.”
When it comes to parenthood, many people become anxious instantly. Raising happy children seems to be an elusive goal for modern and middle-class parents. In this talk, Jennifer Senior gives parents some tips on setting some kinder and more achievable goals.
Asian parents tend to protect their children a lot. However, it’s found that a little danger is beneficial for children and grownups. In this talk, Gever Tulley, founder of Tinkering School, tells us 5 dangerous things we should let our kids do.
Agility is needed in modern family life to handle the stress. Inspired by agile software programming, Bruce Feiler offers his views on family practices that embrace flexibility, bottom-up information flow, constant feedback and accountability. And the interesting outcome? Kids decide their own punishments.
Rufus Griscom and Alisa Volkman, Babble.com publishers, tell us 4 facts that parents do not wish to admit and why they should. This funny and honest talk is definitely appealing to both parents and non-parents.
Salman Khan, the founder of Khan Academy, tells us the story of how he began the venture and the power of video teaching. He shows us the power of interactive exercises, and how teachers can use new technology to tailor make classes to students – data analytics, interactive learning and teacher available to help all the time.
7. Andrew Solomon: Love, no matter what
What if your children are different from you fundamentally or deviate significantly from your expectation? In this moving talk, writer Andrew Solomon shares what he learned from talking to dozens of parents — asking them: What’s the line between unconditional love and unconditional acceptance?
8. Colin Powell: Kids need structure
How to help your kids have a good beginning? Colin Powell, the former U.S. Secretary of State, calls parents, friends and relatives’s support for the kids even before they enter primary school, through community and developing a strong sense of responsibility.
Why is our education system so similar to what it was 50 years ago? It’s because our education system is still sticking to a business model that doesn’t work. Education advocate Geoffrey Canada calls for a system that relies on data analysis, understand our customers and make systematic shifts to help our kids excel.
You cannot miss this. A very famous and entertaining talk by Sir Ken Robinson, an education legend, on the reasons why our current schools kill creativity and how a system that cultivates creativity looks like.