The curse of “dumb”


A very interesting reflection on the school system and how it serves people with idsabilities that affect one sector of their academic achievement…or even people who learn differently.

Real entry coming soon.

Real Problems

“If I were to make a nomination for the most destructive belief in our culture, it would be the belief that some people are born smart and others are born dumb.”

This is the lead sentence in a recent story by economist Miles Kimball, for the excellent business website Quartz. The article is a bit jargon-y, and to be honest I don’t think it ever gets any more relevant or any more powerful than that first sentence: stop telling children they aren’t smart. 

This isn’t an issue of giving every child a gold star and a free pass, a concept of education that ol’ crusties have vaguely cottoned on to, and blamed for all the problems Millenniums presumably have. This is an issue of not resigning kids to careers, and futures, that aren’t suited for them: simply because the adult in question (whether a teacher, a parent, or a…

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Young Quebec City-based freelance journalist. once and future nomad. I blog about life, about travel, about things I notice and every so often about work. I enjoy language learning, singing, swing dancing, skating and...other stuff, sometimes. My heart is somewhere in East Africa, Haiti or Eastern Europe. English, français, русский, malo slovensko, un poco de espanol, um pouco de português ndiga ikirundi, mwen ap aprann kreyòl...
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2 Responses to The curse of “dumb”

  1. Denis LeBlanc says:

    The typo spotter says: “people with idsabilities” a tiny edit is required, perhaps….

  2. Very interesting indeed. Can’t wait for your own piece on it

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