I came across this TED talk the other day, and it very much intrigued me. For those unfamiliar with TED – it is a gathering place for some of the smartest and insightful people on the planet. Every day, there are new talks (5-15 minutes in length) that vary in topic from physchology to art to science to quantum physics. They are found at TED.com.
This particular talk is by Ali Carr-Chellman, an instructional designer and author who studies the most effective ways to teach kids and to make changes at school. In this talk she pinpoints three reasons boys are tuning out of school in droves, and lays out her bold plan to re-engage them: bringing their culture into the classroom, with new rules that let boys be boys, and video games that teach as well as entertain.
I think there are many implications for those of us in Kids Ministry. Are we doing what we need to be doing in order to make our Kids Ministry palatable for boys to be engaged and “belong?” I challenge you to give 12 minutes to watch this talk. Then, leave a comment in my comments section to let me know your thoughts on this subject.