I recently reviewed ‘Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined‘ by Dr Scott Barry Kaufman, psychologist and researcher of creativity. I really enjoyed reading the book and chatting with Pam Laricchia, author and unschooling advocate in her Exploring Unschooling Podcast.
Problems with Labelling
So I was excited to discover a quirky and inspiring video Kaufman has made in collaboration with Disney. In it Kaufman shares the problems he experienced when he was labelled with a learning disability as a child. Kaufman was placed in Special Ed and suffered as a result of being limited by an inflexible education system and a learning disability label which negatively coloured the perceptions of those around him.
In his recent Rethinking Education TED Talk ‘Relationship Matters’, Dr Gordon Neufeld, Developmental and Clinical Psychologist explores the role close and connected relationships play in our children’s ability to learn.
Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD is a Cognitive Psychologist, Researcher and Author who has focused his work on redefining how we think about intelligence and creativity. In ‘Ungifted’ Kaufman shares his own personal story of being diagnosed as learning disabled as a child and recounts the limitations and restrictions that he faced as a result of this labelling process, how he resisted it and moved beyond it. ‘Ungifted’ is impressive because it combines Kaufman’s inspirational first person narrative account with an indepth critical and reflexive analysis of the relevant theory and research, its implications for practice and of course its relevance to our everyday lives!