Mindest (II): You and IQ

You may be surprised at who wrote the following:

“‘A few modern philosophers … assert that an individual’s intelligence is a fixed quantity, a quantity which cannot be increased. We must protest this brutal pessimism…. With practice, training, and above all, method, we manage to increse our attention, our memory, our judgment and literally to become more intelligent than we were before,'” (mindset, p. 5).

The author? Alfred Binet, the inventor of the IQ.

“[Binet] believed that education and practice could bring about fundamental changes in intelligence,” (p. 5).

“Robert Sternberg, the present-day guru of intelligence, writes that the major factor in whether people achieve expertise, ‘is not some fixed prior ability, but purposeful engagement,'” (p. 5).

“Of course, each person has a unique genetic endowment. People start with many different temperaments and different aptitudes, but it is clear that experience, training, and personal effort take them the rest of the way,” (p. 5).

That rest-of-the-way path to growth is knowable, teachable, and it is described in this series of blogs.

Note: All quotes in this blog came from “mindset” by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.

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