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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 that very big part of your answer lies in this TED Talk.
    http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html
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      Mar 19 2013: Indeed! But many parents will not raise their children in accordance with those values of acceptance, creativity, exploration and individuality, so what kind of school curriculum legislation or programs could we put in place to give that opportunity to the kids who won't have it at home?
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        Mar 19 2013: I think it can be any school. Public or private, but in my opinion I will put some extra events. Why don't we has some class where everyone will learn to make presentation in front of many people, and not just to make it in some office program. Why don't every school has ONE, just one class where students can watch TED talks. We need psychologist in school, not just when something bad happens, they need to be with students very often and see what are theirs capabilities and act in accordance with them.

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