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I was born to learn

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Ever feel like you're capable of far more than what society expects of you I know I do remember being a teenager and school being less about a passion to learn and more about getting good grades how many times did you sit in class bored and desperate to just get away every teens felt that Albert Einstein acted on it aged just 15 he's sitting in class when all of a sudden he decides enough is enough gets up and walks right out the door he never goes back remember being a kid and just wanting to play around with stuff pull things apart not things together and the grown-ups saying no no no or being called good for sitting still or naughty when you couldn't bear to sit still any longer it's all completely well-intentioned of course but that doesn't make it any less insane because the fact is our capacity to create and learn knows no bounds and the latest research proves it the invention of MRI scans only in the past 25 years has allowed scientists to see which parts of the brain are used by different kinds of thinking we now know infinitely more than we did about how we learn and what makes up human intelligence and it's extraordinary so want to know what you're really capable of let's start at the beginning a baby's brain is amazing it doesn't take nine months to create it's taken seven million years and around 350,000 generations all the skills knowledge and talents cultivated by our ancestors are stored inside it these are like numerous software programs which can only be activated by the baby engaging with its environment here's the striking thing if not activated at the most appropriate time they simply disappear take language if a child doesn't hear language by around the age of eight they may never learn to speak so you can see just how important our interactions are they ignite our dormant intelligence and they reinforce it too there's something else we've evolved to learn by looking at things from different perspectives and making connections between things and we do that through Play so wouldn't it be amazing if we bore all this in mind when using kids letting them play when they're little and when they're older to Charles Darwin's teacher said he'd never amount to much because he spent too much time playing with insects so let children play because it's never just play of course it takes more time and energy to do this but when you're deciding where to focus resources for kids learning you couldn't do better than focusing on pre-puberty that's when we learn by copying the people around us after 12 or there abouts it's all change say goodbye to pliable easy child and hello rebellious challenging teenager yeah where did that cute baby go oh well let's have another look at that brain see what's happening the loads of the connections made through childhood are breaking up and reforming from around the age of about 12 through to 20 the equivalent of an earthquake takes place in a young person's brain no more going along with what the grown-ups say the adolescent brain needs to go its own way oh no say parents oh yes say evolutionary scientists because if we hadn't developed this urge to do things differently we would never have made it this far up until about 60 or 70 thousand years ago it was fine for children to grow up like their parents but then Along Came the last ice age thank goodness for the handful of our ancestors who chose to break away from their doomed parents freezing to death in the ancestral caves they built rafts and set off across the ocean hoping to find a place with a warmer climate critically this made risk-taking the essential feature of adolescence we shouldn't belittle adolescence we should be honoring it for what it really is that a finings struggle the moment when the next generation challenges the status quo and pioneers new ways of thinking and being that ensure our survival now just imagine if we actually gave adolescence the freedom to undertake that struggle rather than force them to sit passively in class how about trusting that their earlier clone liked learning now enables adolescence to spread their wings and work things out for themselves if that sounds terrifying it needn't be because if we allowed their natural curiosity to flourish in childhood they'll be bursting with the longing to learn and climb unscaled mountains of the mind and that's not scary that's exhilarating this is the way we've evolved to be it's what makes us fulfilled well-adjusted human beings let's stop trying to live in a way that so goes against how we're hardwired to live let's allow ourselves and the next generation to reclaim the incredible gift of our ancestors adolescence is not a problem it's an opportunity you

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Duration: 4 minutes and 55 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Genre: None
Views: 46
Posted by: maximgorky on Apr 11, 2013

Born to Learn is the first animation in a fascinating series aimed to provide easy-access to the exciting new discoveries constantly being made about how humans learn! Narrated by Damian Lewis

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