Do All Of Us Possess Genius?

| June 15, 2012 | 5 Comments
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Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat Pray Love, remarks on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius. How can we extend this idea to school-aged kids?

This talk, part of the TED Radio Hour is part of a collaboration between NPR and TED.

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  • http://www.mindfulstew.wordpress.com/ Psbarnwell

    Great speech.  Not everybody possesses genius, but there is so much untapped potential out there–in our youth–dormant, or beaten down, suppressed, by the structure of school and a lack of opportunities and time for students to explore their passions.  Summer should be longer, but with schools, teachers, and community members providing enrichment camps and activities to help students tap into their interests and find a spark.  It rarely happens during the course of a regular school day.

  • Ntorino

    The power of the Spirit! We have forgotten what this means in our country right now. We have chosen not to rely on it as we did so many times in the past as we face the adversities and the opponents of life. What we need to do is reenergise this spirit and our ambitions and compassions for success will address and conquer the most difficult challanges national debt, corruption, employment opportunities and faith and belief in a nation that will assure our liberties, freedoms and future.
    The answer lies within us and we have yet to ask the question are we ready to address these problems toghether. Lets conquere cancer and improve preventative health care practices for all.
    As you pointed out our obstacles and challanges are the non believers themselves because in with the spirit the will can beat thses challanges.
    Creating a non profit organizxation that sells american bonds that will be used to staart new jobs inintaitive and new patrioatic programs such as plays on broadway like the reenatment of a Yankee Doodle  to raise funds to buy down the debt while creating opportunity for all.

  • Ntorino

    ·         The power of the Spirit! We have forgotten what this means in our country right now. We have chosen not to rely on it as we did so many times in the past as we face the adversities and the opponents of life. What we need to do is reenergize this spirit and our ambitions and compassions for success. This will help us address and conquer the most difficult challenges such as our present national debt, corruption, employment opportunities. We need to also rebuild our faith and belief in a nation that will assure our liberties, freedoms and future. The answer lies within us and we have yet to ask the questions are we ready to address these problems together. Let’s conquer cancer and improve preventative health care practices for all. As you pointed out our obstacles and challenges are the non believers themselves because as long as we can use our spirit and shared stakeholder interest we can beat these challenges. Creating a nonprofit organization that sells American bonds that will be used to start new jobs initiative and new patriotic programs such as plays on Broadway like the reenactment of a Yankee Doodle to raise funds to buy down the debt while creating opportunity for all.

  • Anonymous

    You have to believe that we have genius inside of you and your students.  If we as educators are taught to believe that every single student can achieve success then why not one step more and believe that I am teaching a classroom of geniuses.  It is my job as an educator to find innovative means to have an outpouring of creativity and genius in the everday classroom.  How exciting that we live in an achieve where we as educators can find so much support for the classroom of geniuses that I teach!  We can reach anyone anywhere for input on my student’s productivity and get instant feedback.  Not from me the eductor but from others who have expertise in areas that I do not.

  • Cdfox1

    Dr. Linda Silverman has written about this many years ago in her book, Upside Down Brilliance.  Elizabeth Gilbert is full of herself thinking that she’s saying something radical here. We’ve been discussing this in the gifted community for many, many years.  Please, give me a break.

    While there are many factors for brilliance, it doesn’t negate the point that not everyone is born profoundly gifted.