What adults can learn from kids?

Adora Svitak, an American born Chinese, is a child prodigy.  She started reading at three, started writing at four, and published her first book Flying Fingers at seven.  In the speech, Arora opposes the conventional view that children should learn from adults; on the contrary, she says that kids also have marvelous abilities which adults always take no heed of, that kids can similarly launch campaigns for racial discrimination, do changes for humanitarian … you name it.  Adora also proves that she is able to transcend her childish age to publish books as an adult can do.  But she shows her worry about her challenge in a adult society — adults are doing injustice to children who like Adora want equivalent social treatment.  She brings about her personal experience.  She once wrote a book, Flying Fingers, and intended to get it published.  Though she got encouragement from her parents, her pathway to let it print is not smooth.  Many print houses turned her down because they didn’t think a kid could come up with some intrigued ideas.  Finally, only one publisher accepted her works, and the outcome was, quite out of expectation, that her first book was largely welcomed among campuses.

Adora’s story leaves me some food for thought: is the mass media a platform merely for adults?  Of course not, I argue.  This video reminds me of Brian and Connie who just paid visit to DePauw.  They have the same attitudes and breadth of minds toward media as the print manager who willingly accepted Adora’s virgin book.  Adults tend to think they have miscellaneous theories and strong judgments of social issues and therefore refuse to open the windows to kids.  But adults as well fail to realize that despite the fact that children are not as rational as adults, it is such irrationality that is needed by society to some extent.  When media industries are overcommitted to adults’ world, such as political sociology, we should also target videos and cameras to kids — at least I believe that kids are definitely able to bring in new, inventional philosophies to adults’ ideology.


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