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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.
Gen·ius n 1. The tutelary spirit of a person, place, or institution.—The New Oxford American Dictionary, 2001
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.
Transcending strengths and weaknesses, genius guides us in the expression of our character and the discovery of our calling.
At nine months, granddaughter Zoe, pulled herself into a standing position at a small wooden stool in our kitchen. Her cousins were nearby, and five-year-old Ilyas put a small square block in front of her. With dramatic force, she swatted … Continue reading →
Your character is the you that’s becoming. It’s the “Little Engine that Could” that keeps driving you toward what you need to make of yourself. For the ancient Greeks, kharakter is the mark that the gods put on your soul at birth. Character … Continue reading →
Today, the summer solstice, marks the half year mark of the discovery that I had Metastatic Melanoma. My wife Victoria again wrote a wonderful newsletter to my extended family, and I got her permission to pass it on to you. … Continue reading →
The MIND. Engage imagination before opening. To maximize academic performance, academics must be taught as a subset of the larger project of maximizing mental capacity. For both, imagination is essential. When you watch children at work and play, you see … Continue reading →
I, too, despair at watching my president stoop to schoolyard nastiness. —David Leonhardt, New York Times, June 30, 2017 Schoolyard Nastiness! Why do we take it for granted? And why do we expect the adults in our government to behave … Continue reading →