Child prodigy, Adora Svitak, at TED Talks rightly said that the world needs “childish” thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids’ big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups’ willingness to learn from children as much as to teach.
Grown ups have been in the state of mind and thought all these years and still counting, that they know more when compared to their kids, which restricts kids from doing what exactly they had in mind. Kids at their age have no boundaries when it comes to exploring creative and innovative ideas and it is the adults sometimes who put brakes thus halting the creativity and the confidence that the kids previously had on the same subject. This limits the scope of imagination and sets boundaries in children. Kids have no limitation on their confidence. Most kids at their age might have also tried counting stars and it is the Adults who stop them by saying “It’s time for bed”. You never know, the kid might have completed the star count by the end of night.
On a serious note, there are many things which Adults can learn and try to compare and implement in real life when it comes to decision making and many others. When a kid sees an opportunity, the decision being made to attain the goal is not only bold but they take an optimistic approach. Because unlike ghosts in closet, kids are not scared of failure. One can just slam the door by simply saying that as childish behavioral way of approach. Instead grownups must try and listen to kids and allow them to teach their way. When Adults try and learn from kids, this enables them to teach back exactly what a kid is required precisely. By doing this a kid will teach and learn from tomorrows kid.
One has to not only agree with the statement made by Adora Svitak, but also try to make it reality in shaping tomorrows Adults, Leaders and most importantly teachers.