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Sarah Shewey

CEO/Founder, Happily


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How can we empower kids to reshape the education system? *A TEDActive Education Project Question*


The TEDActive Education Project will explore how children can make an impact on the education system. We hope to come out of this project with fresh ideas for ways kids can start an education revolution.

At TEDActive2011 in Palm Springs, an amazing group of individuals came together as a group to come up with a simple micro-action solution for empowering kids to be a part of the education reform conversations. After a quick 36 hour period of time, the team made a website that allows students to upload videos of their ideas on education reform.

You can empower a student to share their voice at http://elev8ed.org.

Also, please share your own ideas here, or by starting a new conversation tagged with TEDActiveEDU so we can all follow.


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    Mar 30 2011: All children should be enroll in schools by the lastest 2 years old, and taught the basics. Then by age 4, a child should already be assess so that , their learing patterns and, their likes and dislike known, as such children would be taught what they have an interest in and not what they care nothing about. With such an approach a child should be able to complete high schoool education by 13 and college by 17. also a feild like maths need a total revamp, since more of the things drills upon a person would never see them again in their life time, thus if a student as mastered basic maths that could be enought. Looking beyond education, persons would know ve the opportunity to be more productive and increase the GDP of their countries.
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      Mar 31 2011: Hell No! Formalized structured education before they have even capable of toilet training? Kids need a chance to be kids before we go forcing them to become "productive members of society". Any developmental scientist will tell you that children are not ready for formalized education until at least 5 years of age: that's why Kindergarten and Pre-School are mostly play.
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        Mar 31 2011: Why do we need "formalized education" at all? Can we explore ideas outside that model?
        • Apr 1 2011: Put a foundation in and then explore ideas. Informal education for children whose parents both work sounds like no education to me. I think the montessori approach for early ed, a classical approach for elementary when they are most interested in "getting it right", a social interaction approach combined with increased rigor in middle school preparing them for high school which should combine multiple approaches including vocational education on the high school campus so that children have options to keep academic and vocational strains in their education plan.

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