Google+ bakers and astronauts: Gifted + Talented versus Interested + Motivated + Encouraged

25 September 2010

Gifted + Talented versus Interested + Motivated + Encouraged

I listened to a fantastic Radiolab short last evening while making dinner.  Malcolm Gladwell spoke at the 92nd Street Y about the idea of "gifted and talented".

I was especially intrigued with the idea of interest and motivation that he talks about.  If you are intensely interested in something, and you have the means to experience it often and practice and your teachers and other adults are encouraging you, isn't it inevitable that you're going to get quite good at it?  Especially if it matches up with your natural learning style, I think.  Perhaps there is such a thing as natural talent, and there is also such a thing as motivaton and support.

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