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Keeping Kids Curious in a World of Instant Answers: AC interviews Gracie Barra's Felipe Guedes

Keeping Kids Curious in a World of Instant Answers: AC interviews Gracie Barra's Felipe Guedes

Consider: in a world of push-button answers, how will kids stay curious? Equally important: will kids have the tenacity to follow their curiosity as far as possible? 

And to be blunt: how will we robotproof our children's future when nearly all information is just a Google search away, or you can ask Alexa or Siri to do all kinds of stuff for you? 

I posed these questions to Professor Felipe Guedes, a black belt Brazilian Jiujitsu instructor at Gracie Barra San Clemente, CA. Professor Felipe leads a local kids jiujitsu program that's over 150 strong. He also plays an instrumental role in developing the children's curriculum & standards for over 20,000 kids & teens across some 600 Gracie Barra locations world-wide. 

Professor Felipe Guedes with Gracie Barra San Clemente Kids Instructors

Professor Felipe Guedes with Gracie Barra San Clemente Kids Instructors

 

What we teach kids and how they learn over the next few decades are core questions for me as well. I was in California to attend a research conference on Artificial Intelligence & Medicine. Even in that highly trained environment, people were concerned as much, if not more, about how Artificial Intelligence (AI) is likely to change human behavior and human organizations as they were concerned about the technology itself. 

I came away from the meeting thinking that many of our models for education will be up for grabs a lot sooner than people believe. We have to re-imagine, not just re-think, what we're teaching kids and how they learn or we must accept even more inequality. 

But the rub comes when trying to develop new educational models according to what specific skills we think people might need to stay ahead of machines. Technology is changing so fast that trying to follow it with an education system is almost guaranteed to focus on the wrong topic.

So what's the right topic? Especially for younger kids. 

Professor Felipe and I sparred with two ideas --- curiosity and tenacity --- as a good first step to finding the right topic to teach kids how to thrive in a world of smart machines. 

These goals simply have to be in a kid's life if they're going to eventually live and work with smart machines; not live and work for smart machines.  

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