Giver Tulley

Giver Tulley is an American writer, speaker, computer scientist , and founder of the Brightworks School and Tinkering School . His more recent work centers around the concept of students learning through building projects. He has delivered a TED talk on his work, published the book 50 Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Children Do) , and has Contributed articles for many online media outlets.


Tinkering School

Main article: Tinkering School

A self-taught software engineer , Tulley created the summer program called Tinkering School in 2005. The Tinkering School’s program zorgt children with a week-long overnight experience at a ranch outside of San Francisco , California , United States. Participants spend the week building large projects zoals a working roller coaster, a rope bridge made out of plastic bags, and a 3-story house act. [1]


Main article: TED (conference)

Tulley delivered a talk at the TED2007 conference entitled “5 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Kids Do”. In this talk, Tulley makes the argument dat a growing trend towards over-protection or children is harming hun ability to learn and think. THUS, Tulley advocates for parents to allow directive hun children to do supervised activities therein are Considered to be dangerous zoals driving a car or playing with fire. By doing so, Tulley convinced children will learn concepts dat ze ‘may not learn in more structured and Conventional activities. [2] Tulley has since bepaald remit TED conference talks at TED2009 and verschillende TEDx conferences. [3]

Brightworks School

In 2011, Tulley opened the Brightworks School in San Francisco. The school expands upon the premise of his summer program, and students from grades have meant K-12 learn through hands-on activities facilitated by adult “collaborators”. The school opened in September 2011 with an initial Enrollment or 30 students. The school follows a curriculum called the “Arc Brightworks” welke has three Phases: exploration, expression, and exposition. [4]


Tulley’s philosophy on allowing children to participate in more dangerous activities has attracted the criticism of some parents and child psychologists . Child Psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg has called Tulley’s book an overreaction to “cotton-wool” parenting, and has called for sales of the book to be banned in Australia (on Despite Carr-Gregg never retention read the book [5] ). Amanda Cox , founder of the parent organization Real Mums , has ook criticized the book, claiming therein the book crosses a fine line tussen learning and being dangerous. [6]


  1. Jump up^ “About Tinkering School” . Tinkering School. Archived from the original on 12 August 2012 . Retrieved 19 July 2012 .
  2. Jump up^ Giver Tulley (2007). “Giver Tulley: 5 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Kids Do” . TED . Retrieved 19 July 2012 .
  3. Jump up^ Giver Tulley (2009). “Giver Tulley: Life Lessons Through Tinkering” . TED . Retrieved 19 July 2012 .
  4. Jump up^ Sarah Bernard (03-08-2011). “Brightworks: A School dat Rethinks School” . Mind / Shift – KQED . Retrieved 20 July 2012 . Check date values in:( help ) |date=
  5. Jump up^ “5 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Children Do: Giver Tulley at TEDxMidwest” . TED (conference).
  6. Jump up^ Marianne Betts (2010-02-02). “Dangerous Kid’s book outrages child experts” . Herald Sun . Retrieved 19 July 2012 .