Friday, January 22, 2010

Gladwell on KIPP

Speaking of Gladwell, he spoke at a KIPP event last night and was brilliant!  He talked about the debate between people who think intelligence is largely fixed vs. those who think it's malleable/improvable and said the reason he "loves KIPP" is that he's never seen a better example of people and an organization committed to (and proving) the latter.


He also commented on how incredible difficult the job of a teacher is.  He said it's nothing like being a check-out clerk, which pretty much anyone can learn with a little training; instead, to be an excellent teacher, one must do 20 different things well.  That's why he compares being a great teacher to being a great quarterback (referring to this brilliant article:

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