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Re: “Kid Geniuses Too Smart for Science Fair?

This is all very well and good but mimicking knowledge doesn't = experience and that is what education is supposed to be all about - exposure to, and exploration of, varied concepts.

The educator that said the student could figure it out on their own missed the point. Going through the background training gives context to the subsequent studies which eventually will run into a brick or glass wall of unpreparedness.

Specialization is the current "hot button" in math and science but the humanities approach should not be abandoned. out of our preoccupation with turning everything into a competition. Eventually these "geniuses" will have to come back for the basics. It will be much harder then.

Richard Feynman is the best example of a more gentle "holistic", "tinkering" approach. He learned things in a greater and inclusive context that included radio tubes, playing "bongos", picking locks and my favorite - Tuvan throat singing!!

He was a REAL genius!

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Posted by Rob Thomas on 04/12/2012 at 12:07 PM

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