Apparently there's a book being released next year about giftedness and EducationNews.org recently interviewed the author of the book's foreword-- Carol S. Dweck, Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University. Dweck tells us:
The essence of this book is that giftedness and talent are much more multi-faceted than we ever realized. They can grow in different children in different ways, under different circumstances, and at different ages. Talent is not simply something that a child is born with and that blossoms naturally throughout life.
This is crucial because it changes the whole enterprise. The enterprise used to be one of measuring and identifying giftedness--deciding who was gifted and who was not. Now, the enterprise is one of fostering giftedness and talent-creating the conditions in which it will flourish for as many children as possible.
Ah yes--nature vs. nurture. The debate continues. Still, I found what Dweck had to say quite interesting. Essentially, she said there are ways that a child who's gifted early-on may lose that edge. A child may initially find work extremely easy, fail to develop good work habits and stumble later on when work...