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What Schools Fail to Recognize: Creativity, Common Sense, Critical Thinking, and Wisdom Trump Knowledge and IQ

February 27 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Schools in the United States and around the world have largely succeeded in one respect: IQs rose 30 points during the 20th century. Yet, in many respects, the world is in a more perilous state now than it was in 1900. Autocrats are on the rise, and economic inequality is soaring. Pollution, climate change, and antibiotic resistance threaten our lives and health. How did this situation come to be? One reason is that schools are failing our children and society by largely teaching the wrong things. Children need to learn to be creative, to develop common sense, to think critically, and to act with wisdom: to seek a common good.
In a Chats in the Stacks book talk, Robert Sternberg, professor in the Department of Human Development, will apply research from his new, edited volumes The Nature of Human Creativity, with James C. Kaufman, and The Nature of Human Intelligence to discuss how intelligence and creativity, as well as wisdom, broadly defined, are crucial in a college education, and how they can be more effectively measured, investigated, and developed.

This book talk is supported by the Mary A. Morrison Public Education Fund for Mann Library. Light refreshments will be served.


February 27
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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160 Mann Library
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853 United States
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