Here’s to the kids who are different,

The kids who don’t always get A’s

The kids who have ears twice the size of their peers, And noses that go on for days . . .

Here’s to the kids who are different,

The kids they call crazy or dumb,

The kids who don’t fit, with the guts and the grit, Who dance to a different drum . . .

Here’s to the kids who are different,

The kids with the mischievous streak,

For when they have grown, as history’s shown,

It’s their difference that makes them unique.

— Digby Wolfe, “Kids Who are Different”

I'm excited to announce the release of the paperback edition of Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined!

Since the hardcover version was released on June 4, 2013, I have spent quite some time listening and engaging with parents, educators, and administrators about the limitations of the current education system. I've gained a deeper appreciation of the sincere efforts of many gifted and talented educators to provide a challenging and enriched curriculum for all students who are ready and motivated to engage in such resources. I've gained a deeper appreciation of "twice exceptional" students-- those who simultaneously have a specific learning disability and extreme strengths (yes, "specific learning disability" and "giftedness" aren't opposites). I'm not as bothered as I used to be about how we define "intelligence", deciding instead to focus my efforts researching the many traits and behaviors that can get us where we want to go, and emphasizing a more dynamic, fluid conceptualization of potential that is in line with the latest research in developmental psychology.

Nevertheless, I still believe in the core aspects of Ungifted. I have become more confident that it's time for a more dynamic conceptualization of potential that takes into account each person's unique package of personal characteristics, dreams, passions, goals, and development. That emphasizes the journey, not the product. That shifts from a single judgement day of standardized and decontextualized testing to an extended period of deeply personal engagement, problem solving, exploration, and revision. That arms students with the mindsets and strategies that will help them achieve their personal goals, without prejudging or limiting opportunity at any stage of the journey.

By broadening our notions of potential, I truly hope we can increase society's appreciation for of all different kinds of minds and paths to fulfillment.

You can purchase the paperback copy of Ungifted for $13.59 on Amazon here.

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