A few weeks ago Seth Godin started a firestorm in the gifted education and parenting community by saying that people are not born gifted. He’s wrong. Giftedness is a neurological cognitive difference.
Are there gifted people who don’t ever learn to work hard, who never achieve eminence in their fields, or for that matter, accomplish much of anything? Yes.
Can a non-gifted person achieve amazing things by learning to work hard, persist, practice, and develop what talents they do have? Yes.
But it is not the same.
A great many bloggers responded to Godin’s post, but we particularly liked Lisa Rivero’s response at Psychology Today, and Jen Merrill’s response at Laughing at Chaos. The latter includes links to a number of other blog posts and responses.
Giftedness and achievement are not the same. People are born with neurocognitive differences. They can then choose to develop what talents they have. Please stop confusing the two, because doing so perpetuates the myths about giftedness that cause so much harm to kids and adults alike.