The Genius in All of Us: Introduction

Earlier this school year (2011-12), several blogs were published under the heading, “A Message For Our Children: Talent is Overrated.”* The inspiration for the blogs came from a book authored by Geoff Colvin titled, “Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else.”

“The Genius in All of Us: Why Everything You’ve Been Told About Genetics, Talent, and IQ Is Wrong”, written by David Shenk, has similar messages as those in “Talent is Overrated.”

A summary of those messages is found in chapter three: “Everyone is born with differences, and some with unique advantages for certain tasks. But no one is genetically designed into greatness and few are biologically restricted from attaining it.”

As noted in the series “A Message for Our Children: Talent is Overrated”, talent is not a thing possessed at birth; it is a process. Shenk writes, “Our abilities are not set in genetic stone. They are soft and sculptable, far into adulthood. With humility, with hope, and with extraordinary determination, greatness is something to which any kid – of any age – can aspire,” (p. 10).

There are messages in this book that children should hear and understand. This series of blogs in “The Genius in All of Us” will summarize and present those messages.

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*A Message For Our Children: Talent is Overrated
*A Message For Our Children: Talent is Overrated II
*A Message For Our Children: Talent is Overrated III
*A Message For Our Children: Talent is Overrated IV
*A Message For Our Children: Talent is Overrated V

About drjstewart

Educator, writer, and photographer
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