How often do we actually hear something new? For me, my reading & discussing is most often recycling of stuff I have heard before. In an attempt to counteract this trend, I am going to try to periodically document something that is new to me, or something I have learned or read that took me by surprise. Importantly, these things won’t necessarily be things with which i agree, but just things that maybe inspired a new perspective.
For my first post, I am drawn to Steven Pinker’s book “The Blank Slate”. In the book he argues against the commonly held belief that nurture is more important than nature in development. He does not argue for predestination or that our genes determine our lot in life, but he believes that by ignoring the nature part of mind formation we limit our ability to harness what is known about the brain. I admit i was very much a nurture over nature thinker & still am, but this book gave me some reason to think carefully about how nature might have a role to play in informing my thinking on teaching & learning.