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Big ideas are lenses for envisioning the future. Every article and video on bigthink.com and on our learning platforms is based on an emerging “big idea” that is significant, widely relevant, and actionable. We’re sifting the noise for the questions and insights that have the power to change all of our lives, for decades to come. For example, reverse-engineering is a big idea in that the concept is increasingly useful across multiple disciplines, from education to nanotechnology.

Themes are the seven broad umbrellas under which we organize the hundreds of big ideas that populate Big Think. They include New World Order, Earth and Beyond, 21st Century Living, Going Mental, Extreme Biology, Power and Influence, and Inventing the Future.

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Sharpen Your Skills: Learning Across Cultures

The Big Idea for Saturday, March 31, 2012

What can we learn about parenting from Slovenia, Macedonia and France? A lot, it turns out.

This is all part of a series called Follow the LeaderIn our increasingly interconnected and competitive world, countries, people, cultures and ideas that once reigned supreme are being challenged by newcomers to the world stage. And we have a lot to learn from one another.

Poor countries have a lot to teach rich countries about innovation. Kids can be smarter than adults. Teachers from the poorest school systems can make the best educators. 

Today we are going to discard some all-too-easy generalizations and cultural stereotypes and investigate parenting norms outside of the U.S. that Big Think experts such as Pamela Druckerman offer up in clear, actionable, and indeed humble, lessons. 


  1. 1 How to Bring Up Bébé, Not a Brat
    Daniel Honan Think Tank
  2. 2 Teach Your Child Self-Discipline Without Tiger-Parenting Her To Death
    Jason Gots Think Tank
  3. 3 How a Developmental Psychologist Raises Her Children
    Alison Gopnik
  4. 4 The Eastern European Way: Childhood Independence and Putting Family First
    Francis Tapon Experts' Corner

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