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March 4, 2016

Adora Svitak

This is taken from the TED talk link:

Child prodigy Adora Svitak says 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.

Adora says: “You must lend an ear today, because we are the leaders of tomorrow”. She gave this TED talk in 2010 at the age of 12. Since that time she has gone on to speak to thousands of educators.

Excerpts from her speeches and blog posts have been included in writing textbooks around the world. She is a 2011 recipient of the National Education Association Foundation’s Award for Outstanding Service to Public Education, an honor previously bestowed on luminaries ranging from Bill Clinton to Billie Jean King. In 2014, she served as a Youth Advisor to the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, DC. Adora is majoring in Development Studies and minoring in South Asian Studies at UC Berkeley.

To learn more and hear Adora in a more recent time than the TED talk below, please go to

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