You Can Teach Your Child Intelligence
Lewis (David X.)
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  1. I’m not sure this book is actually worth reading in detail, but its contentions and suggestions are worth noting.
  2. It seems to stem very much from the “nurture” rather than “nature” side of the debate and to be a manual for “tiger mums”.
  3. It would also imply that any failure in a child to show “giftedness” is down to poor parenting, which would be unfair, to say the least.
  4. That said, whatever cards nature may deal, they can be played well or badly, and parents (and schools, and the education process generally) have a major role to play.
  5. But I’m reminded of a famous quote (which I can’t source) that “education is impossible except in the happy circumstance where it is unnecessary”.
  6. There are some – probably many – cases where parents successfully produced – or facilitated – prodigious abilities in their children. John Stuart Mill and the Polgar sisters are probably the most famous. I suspect “selection effects”: cases where this approach works are widely published, failures are quietly forgotten.
  7. Clearly, being forced to practice the violin for 5 hours a day from age 3 is likely to lead to better playing than someone who picks up the instrument casually as an adult. But, I suspect, it doesn’t automatically lead to concert standard or the platforms would be overrun.
  8. See the very annoying "Howe (Michael J.A.) - Genius Explained" for mistaken arguments to the effect that it’s all down to nurture and opportunity.

Inside Cover Blurb
  1. How bright is your child? Does he enjoy learning, show curiosity about the things around him, have confidence in his ability to succeed? Or is he passive and uninterested, afraid of failing and therefore unwilling to try?
  2. As David Lewis asserted in his earlier book, How to Be a Gifted Parent, all children are born gifted, and it is up to you, the parents, to make sure that their talents are not stultified in the early years of life. Whatever your own level of intellectual achievement, you can motivate and influence your child’s attitude towards himself by encouraging his abilities and helping him to develop his confidence and awareness. By your own approach you can immeasurably increase his potential for a full and rewarding adult life.
  3. How to Be a Gifted Parent showed you how to stimulate your child in his vital first five years. You Can Teach Your Child Intelligence takes you on to the period from six to twelve years and explains how you can become your child’s best teacher. The author first shows you how to assess your child’s present attitudes to achievement, motivation and problem-solving, his estimate of himself and his own expectations of success. The book then looks at you, the parents, and tells you how to assess your attitudes to your child. By changing your approach, you can alter your child’s whole view of himself and his potential, so influencing his capacity to learn.
  4. The heart of the book is a series of games and exercises for the whole family. Simple and entertaining, they encourage your child to think for himself, to enjoy learning, to stretch himself and to build up confidence in his ability to succeed. Armed with this home background of endeavour and achievement, his attitude to school and play will be transformed. And while you are laying a firm foundation for his future progress, you will also enrich your own experience as parents.
  5. David Lewis1 is a qualified psychologist with special interests in anxiety and its effects on cognitive and social development, especially in young children. He has studied the behaviour of thousands of children in researching their attitudes to each other and the factors that affect their intellectual development, particularly in relation to their family background. Three books have emerged from this work:
    The Secret Language of Your Child, a parent’s guide to the interpretation of their child’s body language;
    How to Be a Gifted Parent, examining children’s intellectual development from birth to five years and showing how vital is the influence of parents at this crucial time; and
    → the present book, You Can Teach Your Child Intelligence.
  6. David Lewis has also worked with Dr. Robert Sharpe on the treatment of phobias and anxieties in adults and together they have published Thrive on Stress, The Success Factor and The Anxiety Antidote. They have also founded Stresswatch, a non-profit making organisation for people with anxiety problems.
  7. The author’s most recent book, The Hidden Language of Your Handwriting, was written with the psychologist James Greene and was a guide to the interpretation and analysis of handwriting through the scientific techniques of graphonomy.

    Acknowledgements – 7
  1. Greater Intelligence Can Be Taught – 11
  2. Your Gifted Child – 22
  3. Four Keys That Unlock Intelligence – 32
  4. Why Attitudes Matter So Much – 43
  5. How We Make Up Our Minds about IQ – 54
  6. Assessing Your Own Attitudes – 64
  7. Assessing Your Child’s Attitudes – 67
  8. How To Build Achieving Attitudes – 80
  9. Does Your Child Think Himself Stupid? – 100
  10. Twelve Comments That Shatter Self-Image – 106
  11. Assessing Your Child’s Self-Image – 119
  12. Giving Your Child A Strong Self-Image – 119
  13. Is Your Child Afraid Of Intelligence? – 142
  14. Assessing Achievement Need – 153
  15. Giving Your Child Greater Motivation – 188
  16. Teach Your Child Skilled Problem Solving – 188
  17. Teach Your Child Straight Thinking – 202
  18. Teach Your Child Logical Learning – 213
  19. Teach Your Child Rapid Reading – 225
  20. Give Your Child A Supercharged Memory – 237
  21. Teach Your Child Creative Problem Seeing – 250
  22. Growing Gifted Together – 257
    Bibliography -263
    Index – 269

In-Page Footnotes ("Lewis (David X.) - You Can Teach Your Child Intelligence")

Footnote 1:

Souvenir Press, 1981

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