作者：沪江英语 来源：沪江英语 2014-05-08 15:58
邹奇奇，一个华裔小姑娘。12岁的时候在 TED 发表演讲，名字叫：What adults can learn from kids? 大人应当从小孩身上学习什么？演讲中，她代表孩子们发声，希望大人可以相信孩子、给孩子们期待，因为他们将是这个世界的引领者。以下是本次演讲的节选。
I appreciate your attention today, because to show that you truly care, you listen. But there's a problem with this rosy picture of kids being so much better than adults. Kids grow up and become adults just like you. (Laughter) Or just like you, really?
The goal is not to turn kids into your kind of adult, but rather better adults than you have been, which may be a little challenging considering your guys credentials, but the way progress happens is because new generations and new eras grow and develop and become better than the previous ones.It's the reason we're not in the Dark Ages anymore. No matter your position of place in life, it is imperative to create opportunities for children so that we can grow up to blow you away.
Adults and fellow TEDsters, you need to listen and learn from kids and trust us and expect more from us. You must lend an ear today, because we are the leaders of tomorrow, which means we're going to be taking care of you when you're old and senile. No, just kidding. No, really, we are going to be the next generation, the ones who will bring this world forward.
And, in case you don't think that this really has meaning for you, remember that cloning is possible, and that involves going through childhood again, in which case, you'll want to be heard just like my generation. Now, the world needs opportunities for new leaders and new ideas. Kids need opportunities to lead and succeed. Are you ready to make the match? Because the world's problems shouldn't be the human family's heirloom.
Adora Svitak: A prolific short story writer and blogger since age seven, Adora Svitak (now 16) speaks around the United States to adults and children as an advocate for literacy.