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TRANSCRIPT: How to Expand Your Baby’s Potential With Education From Birth – Zahra Kassam

This is the full transcript of Zahra Kassam’s TEDx Talk titled ‘How to expand your baby’s potential with education from birth’ at TEDxManhattanBeach conference. In this talk, she shares why education from birth to three is so important, and how parents and caregivers can maximize a child’s ability to learn in the future.

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TRANSCRIPT:

Zahra Kassam – Founder of Monti Kids

This is a graph of brain development over time. The most dramatic growth occurs before age 3, when 85% of the brain is formed.

This red line shows public spending on education. The relationship? The relationship is nearly inverse, with less than 4% of funds invested by age 3. Research shows that brain development is cumulative, so the early years lay the foundation for future learning.

New studies at Harvard University show that genes implicated in learning are actually turned on or off based on a child’s earliest experiences. And yet, there is an education void during the most formative time in a person’s life.

I’m here today to talk about how parents and caregivers can address this education void during their child’s most critical years.

I’ve wanted to be a teacher since I was 10 years old. I spent my after-school and summer jobs teaching, pursued degrees in psychology and education, went through two Montessori trainings, and finally began my dream job as a preschool teacher despite all the criticism that I was throwing away my Ivy League degrees.

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