If you’ve yet to read Annie Murphy Paul’s piece in The New York Times on stereotype and intelligence, spend five minutes doing right now. Paul explores intelligence as something that varies depending on the social situation that you are in; the words that you use toward others, just as our parents tell us from a young are, can have a tremendous effect on our given intelligence. Here’s a quote from the article:
It’s just one example of the powerful influence that social factors can have on intelligence. As parents, teachers and students settle into the school year, this work should prompt us to think about intelligence not as a “lump of something that’s in our heads,” as the psychologist Joshua Aronson puts it, but as “a transaction among people.”
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