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Originally posted by tezzajw
Here's an article that strongly suggests that people could be born with an innate number sense. In other words, if the kids aren't born with it, then they're not going to have it. They can work hard to improve it, but they'll never 'get it' like the other kids do.
I would willingly bet that most Maths Teachers will tell you that their anecdotal experience absolutely confirms this article's findings.
I wouldn't be surprised if some time in the future a 'maths gene' or a 'music gene', etc will be identified.
Charles Murray and Richard Herrnstein said as much in The Bell Curve, as did Steven Pinker in The Blank Slate. Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner drew the same conclusion in Freakonomics: “A child’s academic abilities are far more influenced by the IQs of his biological parents than the IQs of his adoptive parents.”
“Nisbett, a professor of psychology at the University of Michigan, wants to restore to nurture a significant role in the development of intelligence. Raising someone in an upper-middle-class environment versus a lower-class environment is worth 12 to 18 points of IQ – a truly massive effect,” he said.
Originally posted by dee132423
reply to post by tristar
My daughter yesterday made up an elaborate story as to where all the rain was coming from it consisted alot of buckets and sprinkler systems.