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Learning is an integral part of human nature. But why do we — as adults — assume learning must be taught, tested and reinforced? Why do we put so much effort into making kids think and act like us? TED speakers explore the ways babies and children learn, from the womb to the playground to the Web:

Educational researcher Sugata Mitra on how much children can teach themselves, and whether schools can exist in 'the cloud'
Science writer Annie Murphy Paul on when learning begins
UC Berkeley psychologist and philosopher Alison Gopnik on how much and how fast babies learn
Educator Rita Pierson on what role relationships play in learning

Learn more or listen again to this week's episode, which was originally broadcast on May 5, 2013.

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