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Scott Barry Kaufman
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Op ed in Education Week is out! Super happy to collaborate with the authors of Beyond Gifted Education: Scott Peters, Michael Matthews, Matt McBee, and Betsy McCoach.

"Students who are reading and writing at the college level should not be required to work on basic sentence structure. Those who are ready for calculus should not have to sit in an algebra class simply because that's what most people their age are doing. Such practices undermine student motivation and result in little academic growth.... [But] The truth is that "giftedness" is irrelevant to K-12 educational decisions. What is relevant is whether the instruction a child receives is sufficiently rigorous to challenge that child. When that is not the case, there are many potential causes."
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Sorry if that wasn't   the most coherent. I'm not a writer, I'm a  lab rat and was writing between  processes on a sample.   I saw an issue that  I very strongly agree with and  felt I had to voice an opinion. 
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I'm quoted in the NY Times today:

"Dr. Kaufman said that because the Fagan test was only “moderately predictive” of later academic success, it was not accurate enough to forecast the intellectual trajectory of a particular child. “From a practical standpoint, it’s not valid,” he said. “It’s not random, but it’s not enough for individual prediction.”
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Interesting. I was not aware of the Fagan test.
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With imagination and ingenuity, I think we can create a college entrance examination that better reflects what students are truly capable of achieving, intellectually and creatively, in college and beyond.
What would a truly innovative college entrance examination look like?
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c'est exact dommage qu'en France on ne fasse pas pareil !
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Are you mentally tough? My latest post at +Scientific American featuring Emilia Lahti.
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Very nice. I like his quote: "At a high level of competition, success often hinges on who determines the field and tone of battle."
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Sometimes all it takes is sending the message that all students belong and are capable of great accomplishments with the proper mindset, effort, and strategies for success.
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What is computational creativity? This post explores the seeming oxymoron of combining computation and creativity, via the search for a definitive definition of computational creativity.
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Anyone near Princeton Public Library this evening? Come to my event!
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