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neurodiversity and education playing our strengths

Updated: Feb 22, 2022

Playing to Our Strengths: Neurodiversity & Education | Christy Hutton | TEDxSantaCruz

The new generation of education has to re-prioritize on the fact that all of the data we used to memorize is now at our fingertips in smart-phones and what society needs is for people to think--differently, uniquely, creatively, critically, and freely! This talk is about ways that this can be achieved in the secondary schools using neurodiversity and how it plays out in a traditional educational system. Society is giving up on many students with the potential to be great thinkers and contributors if we are simply willing to let them play to their strengths. This TEDxSantaCruz talk is one of 24 surrounding our theme of "Radical Collaboration" at the fourth full-day TEDxSantaCruz event held April 24, 2015 at the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz, CA. Christy Hutton is a UC Santa Cruz graduate, with a masters in molecular, cell, and developmental biology. After six years of research at the university, she taught biological sciences at Kirby School and has had various administrative positions. Her recent work focuses on taking what we know about neurodiversity and learning differences in students and using it to create a challenging, individualized curriculum.

This ted talk on neurodiversity was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at


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