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10 TED Talks That Parents Can’t Miss

  • By
  • Asif Ghafoor
  • May 27, 2015

 1. Takaharu Tezuka: The best kindergarten you’ve ever seen

“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.”

2. Jennifer Senior: For parents, happiness is a very high bar

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.

3. Gever Tulley: 5 dangerous things you should let your kids do

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.

4. Bruce Feiler: Agile programming — for your family

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.

5. Rufus Griscom + Alisa Volkman: Let’s talk parenting taboos

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.

6. Salman Khan: Let’s use video to reinvent education

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.

9. Geoffrey Canada: Our failing schools. Enough is enough!

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.

10. Ken Robinson – How Schools Kill Creativity

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.

 

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