Kid Knowledge

December 15, 2013

How often do we credit children with deep thoughts?  With profound or subtle thinking?  In this hour, we introduce some youngsters who've accomplished remarkable things:  written books, gone viral on the internet, and helped heal a community.  And we talk with psychologists and teachers about how adults underestimate children.

  1. Fighting Bullies With a Pen - LaNiyah Bailey and LaToya White

    LaNiyah Bailey didn't like being bullied in school.  When she was 6 years old she decided to do something about it.  She wrote a book.

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  2. The Scientist In the Crib - Alison Gopnik

    Psychologist Alison Gopnik is changing the way we think about babies.  Her lab at UC-Berkeley has found evidence of empathy and scientific thinking in children as young as 14 months.

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  3. The Backyard Philosopher - Zia Hassan

    Zia Hassan had a life-changing conversation with a 9-year old boy in a Washington backyard.  A conversation that 2.5 million people around the world have watched on YouTube.  Zia tells us about the boy he calls "The Philosopher."

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  4. The World Peace Game - John Hunter

    In John Hunter's 4th grade classroom, kids don't just do arithmetic and spelling.  They save the world.  John's  epic "World Peace Game" is the subject of a book and documentary.

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  5. Youth and Tragedy in Newtown

    Muadh Bhavnagarwala is a young student at Al Hedaya Islamic Center in Danbury, CT -- a city not far from Newtown, the site of last year's tragic shootings.  Last year, he chose to add his voice to the national memorial service, as it was televised around the world.

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