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I had mixed feelings when I watched these two videos of kids expressing their talents.


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I was in awe of their abilities and I could also see the time and effort they put in by way of practice.

I also wondered how many kids get the opportunity to let their talents shine. And not just the kids with outstanding or marketable talent.

They first need to be aware of their talents or be spotted with them. Then they need to be nurtured at considerable cost of time, effort, and money.

In an inequitable world, a few kids get those opportunities. Most do not and there is little one can do except try to change the world bit by bit.

But in a schooling world even kids with opportunities might have their talents squashed (along with their curiosity and creativity) all in the name of completing curricula and doing well in tests.

Dancers and musicians may not solve the world’s biggest problems. But neither are content that is irrelevant and testing that is meaningless.

The problem solvers are the ones we allow to be curious and creative by expressing their talents. Should we not be doing more to identify and nurture talent?

In this 2013 TED talk, this teacher shared three ways to initiate meaningful learning and to stop pseudo teaching.


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Number one: Let curiosity drive learning. Not curricular demands, not technology, not even flipping.

Number two: Embrace the messy processes of learning.

Number three: Practice intense reflection.

Those were the Cliff notes. Watch the video to fill in the blanks. More importantly, listen to his stories that explain why he believes in these three ways.


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I recall a cheesy line from a Stallone movie, Cobra: You’re the disease, and I’m the cure.

Now here is an observation from a tweeter who said:

The cure in the first case is a good one.

The “cure” in the second is an awful truth. I think that left unchecked, the cure might become the disease!


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