Age is Just a Number: The Broader Impact of Ageism

Age is Just a Number: The Broader Impact of Ageism | Tiana Wang | TEDxClearLakeHighSchool

In her TEDx talk, Tiana Wang argues that ageism is a pervasive issue that affects people of all ages. She suggests that ageism limits people’s potential and restricts opportunities, and that it is often perpetuated by societal norms and media representations. Wang highlights the negative impact of ageism on individuals and communities, including reduced self-esteem, social isolation, and decreased access to resources and services. She suggests that by challenging ageist attitudes and promoting inclusivity, we can create a more equitable and supportive society for people of all ages. She argues that by breaking down ageist stereotypes and creating opportunities for intergenerational dialogue and collaboration, we can foster greater empathy, respect, and understanding between different age groups. Wang urges us to challenge our own biases and assumptions about age, and to recognize the unique value and potential of people of all ages. She suggests that by promoting inclusivity and intergenerational cooperation, we can create a more vibrant, equitable, and thriving society for everyone.

Journal Prompts

  • In Tiana’s TEDx Talk, Age Is Just a Number: The Broader Impact of Ageism, she contends that educators have a vital role in combating ageism towards youth in their primitive years. She says that it is critical that educators help youth feel empowered to pursue opportunities within their community that match their passions and interests. What are some opportunities that are available to students in your school that promote civic engagement and service learning? What impact has this had on youth and the community at large?

  • What do you think that Tiana Wang meant when she said: “Continued denial of the legitimacy of youth all together prevents youth from having a hand in a world that they will one day lead.” How can you use this interpretation to advance anti-ageism towards youth in your classroom and school community?

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