When Adora Svitak was twelve-years-old she spoke on the TED stage, saying she hates the world "childish" if it's being used to describe irrational demands or irresponsible behavior. She said she sees enough of that in the adult world to know it's not the exclusive domain of children. In fact, she made the point that adults could learn a thing or two if they'd only open their minds to the possibility that kids have a lot to offer the world.
"We kids still dream about perfection and that's a good thing because in order to make anything a reality you have to dream about it first," Svitak said in a 2010 TED talk. "I think that adults should start learning from kids."
Even as a kid, Svitak often spoke to educators, making the point that learning in schools should be more of a reciprocal relationship between teachers and students.
"It shouldn't just be teachers at the head of the classroom telling them do this, do that. The students should teach their teachers. Learning between grown ups and kids should be reciprocal," she said.
But she wasn't naive; she knew that isn't how many classrooms and schools operate. Her theory is that it's all about trust. Adults always seem to have a restrictive attitude towards kids.