Could a Game of Peekaboo Change the World?

I’ve been a teacher for over 35 years, and I’ll be the first to admit that there is no way I could ever give a talk as good as the TED Talk that seven-year-old Molly Wright just gave.

That’s right, seven years old.

Molly’s talk focused on what adults can do to help children “thrive by five”.

  • Connecting
  • Talking
  • Playing
  • A healthy home
  • Community.

Molly points out that interactions early and often matter: “Take it from me, the seven-year-old up here talking about brain science.

Molly also shows how interactions and connections can be disrupted when an adult starts using an electronic device, such as a phone.

But enough from me; here’s Molly’s wonderful seven-minute TED Talk:

45 thoughts on “Could a Game of Peekaboo Change the World?

  1. OH my gosh! This is too good!! She is adorable and wise beyond her years! Thanks so much for sharing. ❤ Not only is she soo cute and wise, but she had a great accent to listen to as well! 🙂

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      1. That’s why I didn’t specify. She is simply an amazing public speaker. she should become an instructor. She’s 7 but she’d be a great psych teacher. Keep the class engaged. But again, she’s 7 – she may want to become the next Elon Musk. Let her. Rock on girlie-girl!

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  2. Having taught many seven and eight-year-olds over the years, very few are this confident and poised. I’m inquisitive about how long it took her to feel this comfortable in front of an audience. She’s a testament to how good public speaking is for children.

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  3. Am I the only one who finds this kind of adult-mimicry unsettling? “Thrive By Five”? As if there’s a throng of five year olds who are just not living life to their expected potential? It’s seems like the intellectual equivalent of trotting them out for a beauty pageant. {{{shudder}}}

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    1. I’m not a fan of beauty pageants eitehr, but I agree with the message of the importance of engaging with children, particularly when they are young and their brains are developing so quickly…

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  4. This is a great talk, JIm. Molly is amazing. I’m sharing the talk too (tomorrow at the Carrot Ranch) though I have to admit that you found it before me.

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