I don’t know if I buy there is some magic secret to raising smart kids, but this article raises some interesting points. From the article: “Our society worships talent, and many people assume that possessing superior intelligence or ability—along with confidence in that ability—is a recipe for success. In fact, however, more than 30 years of scientific investigation suggests that an overemphasis on intellect or talent leaves people vulnerable to failure, fearful of challenges and unwilling to remedy their shortcomings.” That makes sense to me. Focusing on success based on what’s “built in” instead of what’s earned through study would not encourage work needed to master skills beyond what comes naturally. It’s been my life’s journey to research the unknown, ask colleagues or experts in the the field so that I can understand various perspectives on a problem, then tackle it. It drives my wife crazy sometimes as she like me to act before I understand, but that’s not my way.
I digress; read this article – what do you think? http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=the-secret-to-raising-smart-kids&print=true
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