Do we examine our explanations? Do you ever take a look around and think to yourself, why are things the way they are? In other words, do you examine your worldviews? In simple language, worldviews are just the way you look at life, and view people and society. But individually, do you ever challenge the status quo? Just because things are the way they are, certainty doesn’t mean they’re perfect. I am not claiming all of the problems of the world can be solved. But surely, if we challenge the current status quo, we can begin to filter out some of the fallacies in the societal structure.
Picking up your pitchforks and torches is definitely not the answer, and is not the point I’m building to. When I propose that you “challenge” the status quo, I am challenging you to “think differently.” Do you view yourself as an independent thinker? Or just fall between the “cracks” so to speak. Isn’t it odd that this country only recognizes a few handful of individuals throughout its history (Einstein, Aristotle, MLK jr., Steve Jobbs, Bill Gates, Steven Hawking, etc.)? When you think about it, they were innovators, or in other words, creators. They dared to think differently, and to think critically. Critical thinking is the process of evaluating and judging everything you learn, to form your own views, opinions, and theories, and then to challenge your own theories, to prove them true or false, and repeat this process, this is how you really learn. Having a head full of trivia will not get you very far (well Jeopardy) but now you’re going up against computers…. good luck.
I have never held much credibility to the statement: “Well, he is just gifted.” This is so flawed. A few years ago a woman finished with a perfect score on the most advance IQ test on the planet, 220. She outscored Einstein by 80 points. Impressed? I’m not; why? Sitting on a winning lottery ticket is great, but if you don’t cash it in, what’s the point? I’ll accept the claim that some people may be born with a slight predisposition to having superior ability in a certain area. But honestly I think most times, it’s a false sense of confidence implemented to them by their parents when they were children.
Back to the point. I would certaintly argue Einstein had a gift, wouldn’t you? But what matters, is what you do with that gift. Look at everything Einstein accomplished in his life; I stand in awe of Albert Einstein.
By the way, I think categorizing children, and people in general, as “gifted” and “not gifted,” is morally flawed. Aren’t we about done with labeling people? Here’s another thought: What happens when a so called “gifted” child inevitably runs into academic trouble? Well their little world falls on top of them. How could this happen to them? They’re gifted? We are putting way too much pressure on these children way too early, period. And what happens to the poor “non-gifted” child? Why should they bother in the first place?
Let’s get rid of the term “lost child.” There are no “lost children,” just “thrown away” children. Someone, somewhere, along the way failed the child. And then the child starts tripping and fumbling down the wrong path, then the child grows into an adult, nothing changes, and you have a life wasted. All because a parent, teacher, counselor, somebody let go of that child’s hand.
So before we started pointing out the “gifted” and “non-gifted” children, how about we make sure they are taken care of first?