Get Inspired by Kids!

Why do we tell our kids “don’t do this” or “stop asking so many questions” and try to limit our children from exploring their potential? It is a sad truth, that our education system is teaching kids to become followers rather than becoming leaders. We do not let them explore their surroundings, we do not let them ask us questions we just want them to do what we say. Schools follow a syllabus, and mostly teachers are trying to complete the given units at a stipulated time. I agree it is not easy. But I believe that teaching outside the syllabus is also education. An accomplished teacher incorporates the syllabus and world knowledge into the lesson. Knowledge about the world, basic politics, technology advances, space and news updates are what the next generation needs to know.

So here are some talented teachers who, although young, have tried their best to educate the world and help others.

This is one of my favorite videos where a Logan LaPlante actually talks about how homeschooling, or in this case “Hackschooling”, can be done. He also provides a list of things children need to learn when they are young and growing. Let’s not forget to mention what he wants to be when he grows up – HAPPY.

Very often we forget that our ultimate goal in life is to be happy. We can be happy doing various things like teaching others, building something, creating something new, doing what we love or giving back to society. Logan pinpoints at major disciplines which we forget to embody in our over all education.

Shubham Banerjee, aged 13, invented a Braille printer! Well that’s something you will not hear quite often. But wait, there’s more. He built the braille printer out of LEGO!

The video shows us how Shubham tried to find the answer of a simple question on Google Search. His search results led to more questions. This made him think about building something that could be used in developing countries. An efficient and affordable braille printer. An innovation that would do wonders for the blind community and hopefully it would help them to help themselves some day. Furthermore, this video answers the question of why we should let kids play and create.

 In this video, we get to watch how Thomas Suarez, a young app developer has created his own iphone apps. Learning can be easy if you want it to be. All you have to do is – Ask the question.

Thomas was passionate about learning how to code and he did so by using multiple sources. Learning does not happen by using one book (hint: the textbook). Learning happens by using multiple sources and mediums. Youtube videos, khan academy, codeacademy, leapfrog, disney are a few out of the many sources a child can learn from.

 To think or not to think – contemplations of young Varun Agarwal when he started a million dollar company without aiming for it. A motivational video for everyone with a simple message to ” follow your dreams”.

Varun also pushes us to think about how the society we are brought up in forces us to do something we do not want to do. Engineering, doctor, CA, lawyer are praised upon but what about hair dresser, chef, musician and journalist? If the child dreams to become a writer we must nurture him and guide him. The video inspires us to “Stop thinking and start doing” as time will not wait for anybody.

Can you make a gaming arcade out of cardboard boxes? Well Caine Monroy definitely can. He may be a shy speaker, but he has a bold imagination.

Caine invented some games out of the toys he had, made the rules, decorated the boxes and also came up with prizes for the winners. He shows us how a young child can learn to become a business man and run a business. Caine did not need an MBA, he just did some trial and error. Through experience he improvised and marketed his arcade and voilà he had a queue outside the arcade.

After a loss of a close relative, Jack Andraka decided he wanted to develop a test for pancreatic cancer. Along the way, he met a lot of challenges and overcame them with one thing in his will – persistency.

Life is like a mathematical problem. We first need to learn and understand the concept of how it works, try to find the answer, face some challenges, overcome them and then get it right. Similarly, research is very important for education. Unless we search for the answer ourselves, no real learning is done. Research gives us millions of options which we have to comb though and get the perfect result we are looking for. Jack researched. Found what he was looking for and got the opportunity to work on his idea. We must teach our children to look for answers. If they get spoon fed, they get lazy, they will not try, they will expect life to be easy which will lead to stress and then emotional and mental issues arise. Let the curiosity be alive in our children.

Maya Penn is a bunch of cool things – cartoonist, animator, entrepreneur as well as a social activist. She dreams of having a better world in her own imaginative way. She works hard towards sharing her message across the world and giving to the world for a better tomorrow.

Maya shares a strong message in her video – GIVE BACK. Give back to the environment, to the society, to the community, to your family and to your world. Giving never makes anyone poor, it makes one rich with pride and joy.