Christopher Speicher

College student
Merion Station, PA, United States

About Christopher

Bio

I am overall very rounded. I'm just as passionate in music as I am in sports and social life and I really enjoy doing many things and not concentrating on just one. For my outlook on life, I try to look at a situation through other perspectives and make judgments based off of a how a situation impacts everyone, not just individuals. I currently study at Allegheny College and plan on majoring in Psychology, which I hope to use in either clinical therapy or research.

An idea worth spreading

People are universally different and everyone together makes up our world. Even on TED, the community formed is brought together by everyone's posts, comments and interactions. To say one way of perceiving something is right or wrong is an impossible idea because everyone perceives things differently. One thing people should stop and consider is how their actions and words affect others. Ignorance is a huge problem and the best way to solve it is to keep an open mind. Next time someone says something you strongly disagree with, stop and consider why they think that. Understanding rationality is a huge part of communication and it is quite often overlooked.

I'm passionate about

Personal rights. Everyone has their opinion and as long as it can be shared respectfully and considerately of others, use your right to free speech!

Talk to me about

Anything really, but my favorite subjects are not dinner table appropriate. Religion, politics, debates on sexuality and social norms, rights and freedoms, etc.

People don't know I'm good at

Understanding. My friends always assume I judge them based off of my reaction and I wish I could change that (New Year's Resolution!). I always hear your point and I will value your opinion.

My TED story

Found it through stubleupon. I've been up for the last 4 hours watching videos and reading threads.

Comments & conversations

139992
Christopher Speicher
Posted over 3 years ago
Why aren't kids (+ young adults) given more credit?
The problem is, our parents' generation is in the mindset that they must control and instigate everything. There is a serious lack of independence when it comes to childhood and "helicopter parents" plus this notion that kids spend too much time in trivial (or less educational) activities hinders older members of our society to see the potential we have. I think the best course of action is what Dean is doing; show others that you are devoted to something and be passionate about it. A lot of my friends are taking part in Occupy Wall Street and it's because of actions like that, which allow others to see who we are and what we're capable of, that generations earn respect.
139992
Christopher Speicher
Posted over 3 years ago
In your opinion, what should the purpose of education be?
Education should work around kids' needs; what they like to do, what interests them, etc. People in charge of our education system need to realize that the No Child Left Behind Act has drastically changed the development of young kids and actually instills this idea that education is extremely hard. Work on their level and make them understand that there is a vast world of information to seize and use out there. The purpose of education should be on our children's interests and fueling their creativity, not programming kids for specific jobs.