Children: Let Them Amaze You
Don’t Underestimate Your Kids
I believe in the tremendous potential of young children to accomplish all sorts of astoundingly great achievements and discoveries. Adora Svitak is one such child who validates my beliefs.
Adora’s father is quoted as saying, “Don’t underestimate your kids.” As a four-year-old, Adora displayed a love for writing. Her parents had something to do with that, for sure, as Adora states in her T.E.D. talk, “My own parents had anything but low expectations for me and my sister. Okay, so they didn't tell us to become doctors or lawyers or anything like that, but my dad did read to us about Aristotle and pioneer germ fighters when lots of other kids were hearing "The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round." Well, we heard that one too, but "Pioneer Germ Fighters" totally rules.”
When Adora was six years old, her mother got her a laptop and Adora quickly adapted to this new tool for writing and had her first book published at the age of seven, appropriately entitled, “Flying Fingers”. Aside from putting words on paper, Adora has a way with words as a public speaker. Listen to her talk on T.E.D., “What Adults Can Learn From Kids”, when she was a mere twelve years old, and you will be captivated by her stage presence not to mention the import of what she has to say.
Adora is sixteen now, and has become quite the public force for encouraging adults to listen to children and discover their abilities. Here are her closing remarks from her T.E.D. talk:
Adults and fellow TEDsters, you need to listen and learn from kids and trust us and expect more from us. You must lend an ear today, because we are the leaders of tomorrow, which means we're going to be taking care of you when you're old and senile. No, just kidding. No, really, we are going to be the next generation, the ones who will bring this world forward. And in case you don't think that this really has meaning for you, remember that cloning is possible, and that involves going through childhood again, in which case you'll want to be heard just like my generation. Now, the world needs opportunities for new leaders and new ideas. Kids need opportunities to lead and succeed. Are you ready to make the match? Because the world's problems shouldn't be the human family's heirloom.
Here is a link to Adora Svitak’s website: http://www.adorasvitak.com