Everyday this week when I logged into wordpress there was this message “TED:Ideas Worth Spreading” I don’t usually read other blogs that are featured, but sometimes something will catch my eye. I clicked and found TED, videos bringing inspiration, hope, and fascination to the world for free. 

You should watch Tedtalks…Videos from TED2009 Conference available at www.ted.com and learn about other people’s ideas on the world and what it means to be a part of a global community.

William, at the age of 14 years old built a windmill from scraps generating electricity for his family. He is now 19, seeking education so he can build a larger windmill that will help with irrigation in his village in Malawi, Africa. I found William to be incredibly inspiring, yet at the same time felt so sad that kids in America so often take what we have for granted. There is a book that will be published in September that William wrote with his mentor about his project called “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.” My Mom is a teacher, an inspiring and dedicated teacher, and so often her stories make me feel like older generations are setting the standards for kids so much lower than when I was in school. She often feels frustrated with the “system” telling her that she is expecting too much. In addition, the attitudes of some of her students disappoints me. They don’t appreciate the knowledge that is right in front of them. I have met and heard too many stories about kids who consider education a burden instead of a gift. Why does it take having nothing to make yourself something?

I had trouble embedding this video for some reason, but click here to meet William –> http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/153


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