Wherefore Genius? Wherefore not?

Could John Taylor Gatto be right when he observed: After a long life, and thirty years in the public school trenches, I've concluded that genius is as common as dirt. We suppress our genius only because we haven't yet figured out how to manage a population of educated men and women. The solution, I think,… Continue reading Wherefore Genius? Wherefore not?

Your child’s hidden superpower

Biographies of famous and innovative people - Ansel Adams, Margaret Mead, Thomas Edison, Benjamin Franklin, and the like - often show an interesting pattern. As children, these people discovered what seems like an internal superpower - a deep focus, a passionate concentration, and an aversion to the inconsequential. They were autodidacts - learning more outside… Continue reading Your child’s hidden superpower

Children and Pachinko

Here is an idealized sort of pachinko machine - a 50-50 chance at each post of each ball going left or right. Watch the pattern form as many BBs are poured into the machine: Question: what does this bell curve say about the intelligence of the individual BBs? A: Obviously, nothing. Q: What does a… Continue reading Children and Pachinko