I found this TED talk by Cesar Harada totally engaging. Cesar, who describes himself as half Japanese half French, teaches science and invention to students from aged 6 to 15 at the Harbour School in Hong Kong.
Cesar opens his talk by explaining that, when a child, he was allowed to make a mess, but only if he cleaned up after himself. As he grew up he realised that he had been lied to: adults make messes too but they are not very good at cleaning up after themselves.
He closes his talk by suggesting that children should not be lied to. He says,
“We can no longer afford to shield the kids from the ugly truth because we need their imagination to invent the solutions.”
He then adds,
” we must prepare the next generation that cares about the environment and people, and that can actually do something about it.”
In between he describes some scientific thinking and inventions made by his students to solve local problems initially, then problems that affected other kids remotely, and finally problems that have a global impact.
I’m sure that you too can only be impressed by the learning and the positive actions that are being undertaken by these innovative students and their inspirational teacher. When I hear (true) stories like this, it certainly gives me hope for a better future.
I hope you enjoy Cesar’s talk as much as I did.
You can also find Cesar on Twitter.
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