Nature or nurture? What is it that makes a child a gifted child? If you believe that learning can make you smart, you might be on the side that believes nurture creates giftedness. It seems reasonable to believe that through learning, a person can become smarter, which to some means that one can become gifted. But it simply isn’t true that a person can become gifted as a result of learning. The reason it’s easy for people to believe that through study a person can become gifted is that there is some confusion over what the words “smart” and “gifted” mean. They aren’t necessarily the same thing.

People tend to use words with rather fluid definitions. In general, that’s not a major problem since it really doesn’t hinder communication. However, using the word “smart” as though it reflects giftedness does hinder communication. A person who has studied a topic and has become knowledgeable about it is considered smart. That’s fine, but being knowledgeable about a subject isn’t the same as being gifted.

Someone who is knowledgeable is not necessarily gifted. It’s simply not possibly to learn your way to giftedness, but being gifted might make it easier for you to become knowledgeable. Gifted people tend to learn information quickly and easily. It’s why gifted kids need a faster-paced curriculum in school than is provided in the regular classroom. It’s not the learning that makes these kids gifted. They come to the table with their giftedness.

I’m okay with using the word “smart” to refer to both being knowledgeable and being gifted, but I’m not okay with the idea that being knowledgeable makes a person gifted.

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Nature or nurture? What is it that makes a child a gifted child? If you believe that learning can make you smart, you might be on the side that believes nurture creates giftedness. It seems reasonable to believe that through learning, a person can become smarter, which to some...