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Agency, ownership, enablement

Posted on: February 1, 2017

If there is a video that illustrates giving agency, taking ownership, and enabling learning, it might be this one.

However, it was not carefully scripted by an edu-vlogger or TED-ified by a team in collaboration with a respected education guru. It was a clip from the The Ellen Show featuring the efforts on a seven-year-old boy and his recycling business.


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He made his first USD5 when he was three-and-a-half. At the ripe old age of seven, he claims to have made USD10,000 and plans on buying a truck so he can do more.

The interview is entertaining and there can be little doubt that the boy would have not been able to do this without his parents drive and support. His classmates and school probably helped. Ellen helped with a small truck and a sponsor gave him another USD10,000.

There is a lot of rhetoric among leaders in schooling and education about promoting and nurturing innovation and entrepreneurship. Teachers, educators, planners, and thinkers often respond curricular interventions.

They might be barking up the wrong tree by recycling an old approach. Perhaps they might borrow ideas from a seven-year-old.

  • The agency and passion can start from a young age with a soft touch.
  • Buy-in is not enough; the learner must take ownership by providing self-drive and action.
  • Support structures and the environment do not just enhance, they enable.

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