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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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    Apr 28 2011: Kids don't know much of anything, all these myths about children being geniuses, notwithstanding.
    • May 8 2011: just because they have not been provided information for their minds to order does not mean that their capacity to order information is not immense; this is something we should understand and work on. We do not make use of the efficiency that is latent in childrens mind's. I agree that children don't 'know' much, but they have a faculty for knowlege that education more oft than not diminishes.

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