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164. When We Trust Kids, Amazing Things Happen with Gever Tulley

We believe kids learn best through experience. But what happens when we start holding our young ones back in a misguided attempt at keeping them safe?

Gever Tulley is the co-founder of Tinkering School which came about in 2005. It gives kids the opportunity to prove how capable they are by supplying them with the tools to solve real-world problems and watching them make mistakes, learn, and build great things.

We’ve come to believe that protecting kids from experiences is a good thing, but what ends up happening is we cripple their ability to make decisions, function as adults, and be intrinsically motivated in anything. We talk about how trusting kids lead to big things, how teachers and students can collaborate effectively, and why age-restricted learning is a tool of the past.

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We unbox:

  1. How Gever put kids in charge of his summer camps

  2. Why Tinkering School exists and how it helps kids understand their own potential

  3. Taking a collaborative approach to education with teachers and students

  4. The benefits of mixed-age education

  5. Creating educational “arcs” of learning



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