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Another illustration of plasticity,
This review is from: Intelligence and How to Get it: Why Schools and Cultures Count (Paperback)
Despite the reservations of the previous reviewer, this well-written book adds to a growing body of evidence that much of what we previously thought was down to 'talent' or 'giftedness' turns out to be down to a bit of innate skill or intelligence, but huge amounts of effort and practice.
He shows that cultural differences between groups with the same ethnicity/gene-pool (eg British-white-working-class and British-white-middle-class) results in significant differences in school results and achievement.
The message is optimistic: we can all achieve more than we anticipated; we should not label out children or students. Put together with Carol Dweck's work in Mindset: How You Can Fulfil Your Potential, Matthew Syed's 'Bounce', Daniel Coyle's 'Talent Code' and a dozen other publications we can, perhaps, forgive the over-enthusiastic claims in the book.
The brain-science behind plasticity is explained in my guide:How Brains Learn