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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: I should be more detailed in my opinion. I flatly reject the silly notion that every child has "a talent" in the sense you refer to. The TED talk in question is just goofy. The very concept is so thoroughly ethnocentric as to be laughable. Picking out specific skills as "the talent" of a child presumes that there is something universal and eternal about what merely happens to be the stuff we do in the present day or have done for a mere thousand years or so. In other words, the TED talk's hypothesis is ludicrously specific. Children do not have "a talent" because "a talent" in this sense does not exist.
    What children have is "talent"--that is, untapped aptitude that can go in an amazing variety of directions that might or might not correspond to "a talent", or even worse "creativity" in the artsy-fartsy nose-in-the-air sense. There are constraints, of course, but they are not nearly as limited as "a talent". The real tragedy is not that "creativity" is damaged by public education. The tragedy is that we use public education to foster the idea that there are the "creative" and all the rest of us. Yes, people will be better at some things than others, but--hell.

    Okay, I'll lay it out like this: The most creative people I have ever personally met have been rednecks. They don't have much education. They don't have much money. They don't have much of anything our society is supposed to think makes someone an "important" or "creative" person. With all those lacks, they not only make ends meet but enjoy their lives. Mock any "redneck device" all you like, but it's intensely creative--people taking what they have around them and making it do what they want it to do, regardless of what society says the item "is". That sort of thing is not found in public schools, where we are taught to learn the "right" way to use things.

    Creativity is doing something wrong in a way that makes life better.
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      Nov 23 2013: 'Yes, people will be better at some things than others, but--hell.'

      Exactly, and the only thing the term 'talent' does is to substitute the religiously biased fantasy you used in this, your sentence. Not more and not less.

      Your criticism I can partly understand, yet it seems you are killing the messenger for what its master did.

      Talent in itself is describing and value-free. That it was and still is misused to grade people is a different topic all together and certainly not a talent in itself.

      I would rather have a talented surgeon working on my brain than one without. Although there isn't much to rescue anyway, yet still ... :o)
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      Nov 23 2013: On a lighter note can't assumed this comment as DETAILED,


      Could go with BLUNT. :D

      and i totally disagree with your version of Creativity.
      How the hell does creativity comes in doing wrong.

      Hmm i can go with the facts that several time your creativity is being wronged or denied or rejected by parents, friend, teacher, society. as they can not understand your creativity. its their loss.

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