Why this study?
“The acquisition of language is doubtless the greatest intellectual feat any one of us is ever required to perform.”
What’s happening to the brain – before birth
3. Nature and nurture
Towards a truly learning society
4. Our society badly underestimates the learning potential of the young child.“All children are born geniuses
– we spend the next six years degeniusing them!”
Ivan Ilich questions the whole idea of statutory education:
5. All ability is learned ability
6. Is intelligence a static entity, or can it be altered?
Prof. Michael Howe, reader in human cognition at Exeter University, in an article entitled ‘Can IQ change?’ says, ‘A number of prominent authorities on intelligence insist that an individual’s IQ is highly stable and resists efforts to alter it. For instance, Murray (1996) states that with existing interventions IQ can only be raised “in modest amounts, inconsistently, and usually temporarily”. Apparently, this is because “an individual’s realised intelligence, no matter whether through genes or the environment, is not very malleable”’. (Murray, 1996)
[Note: The difference in fonts and line spacing is a result of the haphazard nature of cutting and pasting into Blogger! It seems to affect headings, mostly - sometimes they transfer over in a very large typeset, sometimes the font is the smallest. I shall tidy everything up as soon as I've finished uploading - not long now! (Mon 9th Jan)]