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Leaving Lost Einsteins Behind?
July 29, 2021
As water given sugar sweetens, given salt grows salty, we become our choices. Each yes, each no continues.
-Jane Hirschfield, from her poem, Rebus
A guest opinion essay in the New York Times, by Thomas B. Edsall, is called “We Are Leaving ‘Lost Einsteins’ Behind.” He makes the case that the way our education system identifies talented students is lacking. He explains:

Many spatially talented adolescents may never approach their full potential due to a lack of opportunities to develop their skills. A great loss occurs at talent searches that identify intellectually precocious young adolescents...Current talent search procedures focus on the assessment of mathematical and verbal abilities” and fail to assess for spatial talent.

Rusty Keeler’s award-winning book, Adventures in Risky Playadvocates for creating the kinds of hands-on, compelling environments that encourage young children to develop their visual-spatial abilities, and that allow educators to notice and celebrate those skills.

Adventures in Risky Play
What is Your Yes?

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Adventures in Risky Play: What is Your Yes? goes to the heart of risk-taking and children. As educators working with young children, we all have boundaries and feelings around what risky play is allowed. Rusty Keeler invites us to examine the cage of boundaries that we have created for ourselves and our children. He challenges us to rattle our cage and discover where the lines are movable. In our role as educators and caretakers, when we allow children to play and confront risk on their own terms, we see them develop, hold their locus of control and make choices on how to navigate the bumpy terrain of a situation. What better teaching tool for life is there?

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Tiffany Peckham · August 02, 2021
Lincoln, Nebraska, Australia

Robert, thank you for continuing this conversation!

Nora, thanks for sharing your blog!

-Tiffany at Exchange

Robert Benowitz · July 29, 2021
Independent Consultant

Are We Afraid to Talk About Love?

Parents aren't. It is the way they express themselves in letters to the school. Read one. Love is the most often word used in a complimentary parent letter. Parents talk about the love the teacher has for their child. The love the child has for the teacher and for the school. To parents it is all about love.

Nora Krieger · July 29, 2021
New Jersey, United States

In January, I wrote a blog about this issue of missing identification of talented children because of our narrow definitions of gifted and talented and how we determine which children are gifted and talented. Here is the link:

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