ReThinking Giftedness

by Queenie on June 17, 2010

Image of QueenieWhen most people think about gifted students, the first thing that
usually comes to mind, is an innate sense of knowing. Here are some
interesting facts that I saw this online and thought I’d share
it with you.

1. Einstein was four years old before he could speak and seven before
he could read.
2. Isaac Newton did poorly in grade school.
3.When Thomas Edison was a boy, his teachers told him he was too
stupid to learn anything.
4. F.W.Woolworth got a job in a dry goods store when he was 21. But
his employers would not let him wait on a customer because he “Didn’t
have enough sense.”
5.A newspaper editor fired Walt Disney because he had “No good ideas”
6.Caruso’s music teacher told him “You can’t sing, you have no voice
at all.”
7.Leo Tolstoy flunked out of college.
8.Verner Von Braun flunked 9th grade algebra.
9.Admiral Richard E. Byrd had been retired from the navy, as, “Unfit
for service” Until he flew over both poles.
10.Louis Pasteur was rated as mediocre in chemistry when he attended
the Royal College
11.Abraham Lincoln entered The Black Hawk War as a captain and came out a
12.Fred Waring was once rejected from high school chorus.
13.Winston Churchill failed the sixth grade.

Next Week I’ll be dealing with the Myth of Genius inspired by Malcom Gladwell.

Queenie Lindsey is an academic coach and educational consultant. She is the founder of Tandem Teaching and Distinguished Learning Group, an academic coaching firm. Follow her on Twitter.

{ 1 comment }

Melissa July 8, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Where did yu find this?? It’s funny, I was reading Nurture Shock this morning, and they were talking about how giftedness is extremely hard to predict early on, even with all of the testing that’s been developed and used for years! It’s amazing to me that even though research has proved that early testing isn’t an accurate indicator for giftedness, it is still used so frequently nationwide. A lot of kids who are gifted are being denied access to programs because of this today! It saddens me.