Let’s Celebrate All Kinds of Minds!

Posted on November 18, 2016 by Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

What does a “normal” way of looking at the world look like? What if, instead of striving for normal, we celebrated the many types of minds out there?

The way we interpret our surroundings shapes the way we walk in the world. Each of us processes our surroundings in a different way, and that diversity of perspective is one of our greatest assets for the future.

Image: Students raise their hands. A reminder to celebrate different minds
Source: US Department of Education // Flickr

Today, I want to share with you a classic TED Talk that I find rattling around in my mind on an almost daily basis. In 2010, Temple Grandin, autism advocate and animal scientist, took the TED stage to give a talk that has become an iconic part of the broader conversation about autism and the way we talk about learning.

So, here is Temple Grandin on why the world needs all kinds of minds…

Via: TED 1

How much more fruitful would our conversations about education and engagement be if we looked at kids learning “differences” not as obstacles but as unique traits that give each individual a specific set of talents? The world needs ALL kinds of brains. We need to listen to others, hear about how they see the world and celebrate our great diversity.

I could watch this talk over and over again. It hits so many points that are critical to our shared future.

Unlike so many TED Talks, she doesn’t shy away from giving concrete answers to big questions. Usually, we try to wrap up our articles by asking a better question. This time, though, I want to end with a challenge. If you know a teacher, a parent, one of those “geeky kids” share this talk with them.

There are so many bright minds out there that are searching for meaning, wanting to find more, do more, be more, and we are forgetting how important it is to nurture those “different” minds. We need every one of those minds in the future, and we need to remember that celebrating the diversity of our perspectives will be critical to the road ahead.

Stay beautiful & keep laughing!

-Liesl

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