Beyond text books…

Email: An important life skill for kids? How can we encourage? (Pakistan)

A humble idea. Should kids be taught to code? Be fluent in Mandarin, Spanish, English? These are great, but not enough if we want kids to have flexible minds to readily absorb abstract information, respond to complex challenges, invent stuff.

In adult life, we deal with questions more complicated than ones in school books. Kids need an opportunity to grapple with complex queries without a clear A/B answer.

At school, teachers ask what is climate change? A quick web search answers. Better questions – how exactly does X cause climate change? Why bother? How will climate change affect people living in country X? Go beyond bare facts! Pushes priorities, perspectives, plans, purpose, practicality, playfulness. Essential elements for problem-solving, self-discovery, belief in abilities.

How can we solve cause X of climate change? Requires kids to synthesise knowledge. Nudges to find creative approaches, consequences. Basically, teach kids to think critically, curiously. A consolidated independent learning approach.

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The Second Machine Age

New digital technologies, softwares, networks, A.I., quantum computing will in the future diagnose diseases more accurately than doctors, encode enormous data sets to transform multiple sectors, easily accomplish tasks once considered uniquely human.

MIT’s Erik Brynjolfsson, Andrew McAfee reveal forces driving tech re-inventions. Factors stimulating brilliant personal technologies, advanced infrastructures, boundless access to life-enriching applications.

Sheds light on how to prepare for our future by designing fresh collaborations to pair brute processing powers with human ingenuity, creativity.

The Second Machine Age – Amazon

A fundamentally optimistic book, The Second Machine Age alters how we think about our technological, societal, economic future.

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A kids book about racism…

Let’s educate kids about racism, bias, discrimination. The value of tolerance, compassion, empathy, diversity. Our next generation shouldn’t have to fall victim to being shot on a store run, killed while playing with water guns, cry they can’t breathe.

A Kids Book About Racism – Amazon

A clear, straight-forward approach on how to introduce this complex, sensitive subject to kids. Written to make difficult conversations more digestible, understandable for little minds.

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