Are extraordinary talent and high intelligence rare, genetic gifts or something to which we can all aspire?

Katherine Schulten, Does the ‘Gifted’ Label Get In the Way of Developing Real Potential,” The New York Times, 3/12/10 Available at:

http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/12/teacher-q-does-the-gifted-label-get-in-the-way-of-developing-real-potential/?partner=rss&emc=rss

David Shenk, author of The Genius in All of Us: Why Everything You’ve Been Told About Genetics, Talent and IQ is Wrong” has set some minds astir about the classroom implications of such an assertion. Mr. Shenk argues that greatness is something to which any kid – of any age – can aspire. What challenges does this pose to teachers? How can teachers maintain the ambition of those showing early promise while simultaneously trying to tap into the hidden potential of everyone else?

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