Haley Scholars Fall 2012 Reading Groups
In his “Trouble with Geniuses, Part I” chapter, Malcolm Gladwell begins
to clarify his argument that we continually have trouble understanding
outliers. Researchers and an array of commentators often rely too
heavily on conventional measures of aptitude to predict the ingredients
of those who become extraordinary successes. For example, we label
those who perform exceptionally well on IQ tests “geniuses,” and that
designation falsely presumes that they will become highly successful.
According to Gladwell, individuals hardly need to be exceptionally
intelligent or super smart to do really well. Instead, they merely need
to be “smart enough.” And those who are smart enough do not need to
attend the very best schools to gain the knowledge and training to win
the Nobel Prize in Medicine, for example. They just have to attend a
school that is “good enough.”
What's one important thing we should consider if we want to ensure that
our local learning environments are “good enough”? Why?