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Kelly Witwicki Faddegon

Organizer, Speaker, Graphic Designer, Direct Action Everywhere

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How can we encourage children to start recognizing (and rising above) category boundaries from a young age?

"All conventions are boundaries, waiting to be transcended." (Cloud Atlas)

Perhaps learning from a young age to reject absolutes, to break down boundaries and embrace complications, would dissolve racial discrimination, sexism, sexuality based violence, religious intolerance, and the other social stereotypes and personal limitations created by labels.

I think being able to recognize boxes is the first step to improving our ability to "think outside the box".

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    Mar 19 2013: I think flexible thinking and questioning of categories is appropriate from the youngest ages, at home and at school. There is research evidence that openness can be cultivated in early schooling. I can find a reference for anyone who is interested in that evidence.
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      Mar 19 2013: I'm very interested!
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        Mar 19 2013: Okay, I will find it later. It is in an assigned reading early in Harvard's course on Creativity, but I don't remember off the top of my head which reading. I will get back to you.

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