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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 31 2011: It is our job as educators to find the students passions and guide the direction this takes, we have the knowledge and wisdom - they have the dreams. It isn't about students creating their education it is about teachers and students collaborate in the overall education process. I know children's dreams change often but this comes through following passions and deciding which ones are or aren't for them. If we don't allow them to do so they may be stuck with a passion that may not suit them because they never got the chance to explore it to find wether or not it was for them. As teachers it is our job to foster and encourage this discovery into these passions and ensure that the students learn processes and skills through this that are transferable and lifelong to enable them to continue to discover, search and dream.

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