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Cale Sears

Curator, TEDxCoMo


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Why aren't kids (+ young adults) given more credit?

Young people are full of ideas, plain and simple. I feel like many times someone with a great idea is cast aside because of their age, they just get pushed into this category of "child" with the stereotype that they're unknowledgeable and naive. Sometimes we need a little of that childlike belief that our problems CAN be solved. At the very least it makes the world seem a bit brighter.

So what can a young person do to have their ideas or solutions to problems taken more seriously?

What are some ways they could get creative?


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  • Dec 16 2011: Often i think it has alot to do with how kids explain things. They often will explain things from a very basic view, concentrating on core principles of a subject.

    Unfortunately, when people explain things in this way, we tend to disregard said person's opinion, assuming this person doesnt have enough knowledge in a subject to take all variables into account and make an informed decision. Same goes for age - for obvious reasons.

    The thing about it is, it must be true much more often that not, otherwise we wouldn't think that way. I don't think it can be reversed. Though, I think if people were taught the following things, and/or given the opportunity to learn the following statement for themselves, we would become aware of our stereotypes and become more receptive to others.

    1. People should come to a very clear understanding that, the more people you have in a collective pool to give input on a subject, being the average education level is random, the more likely you are to finding a good idea.

    2. We should do studies, or perhaps someone can do a TED Talk, demonstrating how knowledge can very destructive to common sense. Or how common sense is sometimes a more efficient way to look at things as opposed to a scientific one - see 3.

    3. Demonstrate that when you look at the simple core principles of things, you can build larger models in your head, and view thier associations with eachother. Looking at the bigger picture of things..

    4. Children should have mentors helping them conceptualize things they are thinking into words. Also, how about providing some kind of public service, helping kids explain their ideas fully. Perhaps even extending off of their ideas before presenting their ideas to the scientific community. We could teach them how to do professional presentaions for their own TED talks.

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