My daughter Laura invited me to tag along with her on her trip to Idaho this week for the Special Olympics World Games. She’ll be blogging about her experiences here and all that she is learning, but I wanted to introduce the readers who follow me here to Noah Gray.
Laura got to hang out with him last night because both of them were asked to speak at a dinner for the Global Youth Activation Summit. Each of them shared their stories about using the net for social good, and then they responded to questions posed to them by a panel of other young people from all over the world.
Noah is the most passionate sixteen year old I’ve ever met, and his story is pretty incredible.
Laura was psyched to meet someone a few years older than she is who is doing amazing things to give young people a voice. I was psyched to meet his mom, Ellen. She’s been terrific company for the last twelve jam-packed hours, and several great conversations have begun that I’m eager to continue with her, including the fact that some of Noah’s teachers have concerns about his ability to do well in college.
I find it hard to believe that a kid like Noah will struggle, and yet, I suppose that might depend on what it will take for him to succeed. If it means sitting in rows listening to experts drone on about things that have no interest to him and little bearing on his future work, I can imagine things may not go so well.
Here’s my question: should he have to successfully endure that kind of reality in order to get a degree?
Update 2015: This is what Noah’s up to now.
Here’s what I’m wondering now: which of Noah’s college experiences best prepared him for the work that he does today? Which ones had little influence at all?