Christian Long

Kiran Bir Sethi: Teaches Kids to Take Charge

In TED Talks on April 21, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Reflection by MITCHELL E.

Original TED page w/ speaker bio, links, comments, etc:

Kiran Bir Sethi:  Teaches Kids to Take Charge

Unlike Kiran Bir Sethi, during times of H1N1, I did not like the word contagious.

Contagious in my mind was always a word that was equivalent to a double ungood [like in 1984] subject. Such as, diseases, illnesses, etc. However after hearing how she turns the negative word, into such a positive word, it made my interest in the video much greater!

I like the idea of being “infected” as Kiran says.

Not only a few children, but ALL children should be infected at a young age, so they can make the world a better place. Or at least be able to help people. The thought of having an “I can” bug was very fascinating. I thought the way she got kids involved was a good way to not just know, but understand real problems. Such as child labor; she put kids to work, made them interact with the problem so they fully understand what it is like.

After starting with just a small group of students, this helping organization grew to the whole school, and then to a whole city. It was not long before all of India was helping out. If the city gives to the children, the children will give back to the city. More than what they already are giving.

The children of India are inspiring and I can not wait to see the progress they will make in years to come.


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