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What is genius?

What is Genius? What is the meaning of genius?

Years of exposure to this kind of teaching drew me to the original meaning of the word genius:” something each of us has rather than something a few of us are. How to teach all those learning styles? How to make diversity work? How to keep kids from cheating? Bullying? Dropping out? How to prepare citizens for democracy and leadership in a complex, changing world? How to get them to love to go to school every day? Treat them as if they each have a teacher within.

Genius: Not a Rare Gift

Gen·ius n 1. The tutelary spirit of a person, place, or institution.

Definition:

Gen·ius n 1. The tutelary spirit of a person, place, or institution.—The New Oxford American Dictionary, 2001

What is Genius? Part 1: Calli’s Love Life

Finding genius is not about finding ability.

Finding genius is not about finding ability. Finding genius is about unlocking the creative potential of the human brain.

Yes, educators should be finding The Genius in Every Child. That’s why I wrote the book. However, the genius we are looking for is the voice of their character, the engine of their curiosity, the source of their creativity, not some “strong natural ability.” Education is not about the strength that is obvious, but the genius that will lead the child to lead the life they are meant to lead.

What is Genius? Part 2: Brian’s First Journey

Genius guides us in the expression of our character and the discovery of our calling. -Rick Ackerly www.GeniusinChildren.org

Transcending strengths and weaknesses, genius  guides us in the expression of our character and the discovery of our calling.

Schoolyard Nastiness and Democracy

I too despair at watching my president stoop to schoolyard nastiness.  —David Leonhardt, New York Times, June 30, 2017 Why do we expect our democracy to function better than our schoolyard? Because we don’t get what should be going on … Continue reading

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Creating a Life: The Purpose of School

Could creating a life be the purpose of school? Could creating a life be the purpose of school? Why not? When it is, everything works right. When schools have other ends in mind, they get discipline problems, dropouts and lower performance. By the … Continue reading

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Epistemology: the Heart of a Good Curriculum

What if “epistemology” were written on the whiteboard on the first day of school, and referred to every day after that? What if “To know how you know what you think you know” were universally understood as the point of a curriculum? What … Continue reading

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Ten Truths Most People Don’t Know

Surprising Truths Africa is larger than you think. Poverty in the world has dramatically declined in the past 20 years. Human beings have become less violent. Children are born with empathy and wired to want to help others. No such thing … Continue reading

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National Take Your Enemy to Lunch Day: Keystone of Democracy

Last week on the flight from Washington to Boston, Ginna was reeling from the shock that America had elected a misogynistic, racist, egotistical demagogue for president. She decided to turn to her seatmate and ask, “Who did you vote for?” Please … Continue reading

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