P is for Potential

| February 19, 2014

More and more professionals realize the significance of nurturing gifts and talents during the early childhood years. But where does giftedness come from? Gifted Child Quarterly (1977) argues that giftedness originates from potential. Potential means having or showing the capacity to become or develop into something in the future. In my understanding, potential is a kind of orientation of possibility, but every potential may/may not lead to future giftedness. Discovering potentials should not be biased. As parents, they cannot decide what potentials they would like their children to perform because every child has a right to do something he or she loves. This makes me think of common core standards in education. Are they biased? I believe they are because a group of professionals decide what children’s potential or capacities should be at different developmental age appropriate levels. Do we as educators impose too much of what we believe is useful in students’ minds? Will it be a way to let students freely develop their potential?