Archive for May, 2009

Can you make a student brilliant?

Today’s paper has an update about a Norcross native, Deep Shah, who was a class valedictorian. He went on to UGA and is now a Rhodes scholar studying at Oxford University.

His story is interesting. But what stands out is that his two older sisters also were class valedictorians. Both girls earned perfect scores on the SAT and are now doctors.

Their parents were highly successful students and now own a medical enterprise.

One can say these kids were destined to be great considering the parents they have.

But many of us have met students whose parents are just as impressive but the children have not excelled academically.

What makes a student high achieving? Can this be taught or must there be some natural brilliance?

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