chapter  2
10 Pages

The story of success

IQ isn’t capped and you can grow your child’s intelligence
ByWendy Berliner, Deborah Eyre

In the early years of the twentieth century 1,470 children in California were selected for lifetime study on the outcomes of an ability test. Decades of research, now supplemented with the latest research in neuroscience, genetics, psychology and education for the gifted, show that the concept of capped ability is incorrect and outdated. One of the ways of finding out about the road to success is to look at people who have achieved highly and then look back down their route to see how they got there. It often seems like talented or successful people do not have to put in a lot of effort. Benjamin Bloom, an American educational psychologist, looked in depth into how immensely talented people, exhibiting a diverse range of achievements got there. His interviews with some of these exceptional achievers proved that one of the most crucial things the parents managed to do was to communicate their interests to their child.