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Do all children have a talent?

In this entertaining and interesting TED talk, Ken Robinson states how he believes that all children have a talent. But how can this be said for sure? Do we have evidence of this? How can we claim that traits work like in the "Sims" games when one has a certain number of points to put into categories? For example, creating a character who is incredibly sporty may have to sacrifice points from the arty category and vice versa.

I would like to believe this yes and through my own eyes I have seen that some, maybe even going as far as to say "many", children have a talent. But how can we say that every child has a talent without any evidence? It's like when people say "there is a love for everybody out there". I would really like to believe that but these people don't give any reason to.

This thought is not a particularly nice one but one I feel must be discussed - please prove me wrong


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    Nov 21 2013: The idea that there is an equality at birth, or that nature gives a fair share to everybody is wishful thinking.

    On the other hand, any child can get interested in quite some aspects and become skilled or talented at it. I think that Ken is leaning more to that as well.
    During education and development, we might see what the interests of a child are. Ignoring it is probably less beneficial than encouraging it.

    And of course, the talent can range from sewing to dancing, abstract thinking, writing, sports,... and some talents are considered better or more useful... So steering this (evoking interest in science or programming or healthcare) has some clear benefits without necessarily pushing children into submission.

    And of course we have the severely disabled. They are limited in the number or kind of talents.

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