I Do Not Believe in ‘Intelligence’ or ‘Ability’ or ‘Aptitude’ – and Neither Should You (FORUM 3)

Author: TOM BUZZARD

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Publication date: September 1, 2013

TOM BUZZARD

Anybody who has studied education over the past forty years is aware that secondary education in England is the subject of continuous and continuing debate. Everyone has been to school and therefore everyone lays claim to some expertise – the lot of teachers is never easy. But it is a contention of this article that teachers are at least partly responsible for what is arguably the most damaging characteristic of English education: the persistent and pervasive belief in the notion of ‘intelligence’.

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