Making Kids Cleverer

Is intelligence the answer? – David Didau – Education Article

This post summarises the arguments in the third chapter of my new book, Making Kids Cleverer. The rest of the chapter summaries can be found here. Whatever it is you value, intelligence seems to be intimately connected with it. When experts are asked to define intelligence they come up with an unhelpfully broad and diverse range of definitions. Although we all tend to know what we mean when we describe a person as intelligent it’s surprisingly hard to nail down a pithy…

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Nature via nurture – David Didau – Education Article

Making Kids #Cleverer – Chapter 4: Nature via nurture This post summarises the arguments in the fourth chapter of my new book, Making Kids Cleverer. The rest of the chapter summaries can be found here. A central consideration to the project of making kids cleverer is where intelligence comes from; is it in our genes or is it a product of our environments? The answer is, both. In a very obvious sense no one is ‘born clever’. Babies would universally perform poorly on…

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Making Kids #Cleverer – Chapter 5 Can we get cleverer? – David Didau – Education Article

Making Kids #Cleverer – Chapter 5 Can we get cleverer? This post summarises the arguments in the fifth chapter of my new book, Making Kids Cleverer. The rest of the chapter summaries can be found here. If intelligence is casually connected with heath, happiness and safety, if the environment matters in determining how intelligent we end up, how can we go about making ourselves cleverer? One thing we can be fairly sure will raise children’s intelligence is sending them to school. Education and…

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Chapter 6 How memory works – David Didau – Education Article

This post is part of a series of chapter summaries of the arguments made in my new book, Making Kids Cleverer. The rest of the series can be found here. If you’ve been following the argument so far, you’ll know that I’m suggesting that we can make children cleverer by increasing their crystallised intelligence – their store of knowledge in long-term memory – and to do that we need to find ways of helping children to remember more stuff. When people speak about…

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Making Kids #Cleverer – Chapter 7 You are what you know – David Didau – Education Article

This post summarises the arguments in the seventh chapter of my new book, Making Kids Cleverer. The rest of the chapter summaries can be found here. I’m sure that some readers who my be otherwise sympathetic to the arguments I advance about making children cleverer will take issue with some of the points I make in this chapter, particularly as I side step some of the thorniest philosophical debates about what precisely constitutes knowledge. Clearly I’d prefer what children know to be composed…

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What knowledge? – David Didau – Education Article

This post is part of a series of chapter summaries of the arguments made in my new book, Making Kids Cleverer. The rest of the series can be found here. Having made the case that by teaching children more knowledge we are likely to make them cleverer, it’s important to address the question of what knowledge ought to be taught. The case made in this chapter is that we should inoculate children against by trapped in a bubble of the present by teaching…

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Making Kids #Cleverer – Chapter 9 Practice makes permanent – David Didau – Education Article

Making Kids #Cleverer – Chapter 9 Practice makes permanent This post is part of a series of chapter summaries of the arguments made in my new book, Making Kids Cleverer. The rest of the series can be found here. This chapter moves our discussion of how to make children cleverer from theory into practice. In chapters 6 and 7 we talked about how knowledge can be embedded in long-term memory as ‘skill’ and here we move to a discussion of how best to…

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Shifting the bell curve – David Didau – Education Article

This is the final post in a series of chapter summaries of the arguments made in my new book, Making Kids Cleverer. The rest of the series can be found here. And so, we finally reach the conclusion. Here I explicitly take on the arguments of Charles Murray and Richard Herrnstein in The Bell Curve. They argue that the normal distribution of intelligence across a population is more or less immutable and that “the story of attempts to raise intelligence is one of high…

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Making Kids #Cleverer – Chapter 10 Struggle and success – David Didau – Education Article

Making Kids #Cleverer – Chapter 10 Struggle and success This post is part of a series of chapter summaries of the arguments made in my new book, Making Kids Cleverer. The rest of the series can be found here. This last chapter is aimed specifically at teachers and makes the case that if our aim is to make children cleverer then we should adopt explicit instruction. We look at why other methodologies which have problem solving at their heart are likely to be…

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