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AOW- Does Talent Matter- REVISED April 13, 2012

Filed under: Article of the Week — prushton101 @ 4:22 am

Do you ever wonder why someone is so much more successful than you?  Do you think they were born with a natural talent?  Although intelligence makes things easier, you cannot get anywhere without practice. The article,” Sorry, Strivers: Talent Matters,” makes sense because as they say, practice does matter. Intelligence just matters too. Even the researchers who talk about practice being the most important, say IQ does not matter above 120. 120 is a high IQ since I have been told that average IQ is 85 to 115, so really, these two researchers are not that much in disagreement. IQ and practice both help you, so to be the very best you need to be lucky to be born smart and then work hard to use your intelligence to accomplish something. The main thing that divides people is hard workers and non-hard workers.


People that do not work very hard whether or not they are born smart and talented will not be very successful.  If a person is born with IQ below 120 and then does not work very hard,  he or she will not have very much success. They were not lucky to have above average IQ and they are not practicing at anything, so they probably will be average in school and in their jobs. They will have average success if they have average IQ and work a little. If their IQ is low and they don’t practice and work hard, they may have a hard time in life. The people who are born with IQ above 120 and don’t work very hard will do a little better but not as good as they could. They might have the potential to discover something new or invent something helpful but they are not putting enough effort into using their intelligence to do something great.



Instead of wasting what they were born with, people who have a lower IQ below 120 but work hard may be very successful because they have made up for their intelligence with hard work. The lower IQ is not as important as the hard work. These hard workers will probably be successful in life, but because they have average or below IQ, they probably will not be able to cure cancer or make the huge discovery. Just as you might expect, the people born with IQ over 120 and working very hard have the chance to really do great things. They are lucky to be born with a high IQ and they are putting all of their talents to good use. According to the research in the article, the people who do really great things have very high IQs. They must also work hard to benefit from the really high IQ.



The biggest difference will always be between the hard workers who practice, and the people, born talented or not, that do not work hard. The hard workers will always make the best use of their talents and those who do not practice and work hard will rarely reach their potential.  Hard work can make up for not being born with a ton of brains and talent. Like the article says, you maybe can get a PhD with average IQ, but it is going to be hard and the odds are definitely against you being the person to cure cancer. You might as well try to be the best you can be, because you may be the one to beat the odds. You cannot change what you are born with, but you can change how much you use your talents, and hard work really matters.


AOW- Environmental Awareness April 3, 2012

Filed under: Article of the Week — prushton101 @ 4:30 pm

How much do you recycle? Do you just recycle what is easy and convenient, or do you think about what you recycle and how to do more? Many adults think that older generations are more aware about the environment. I do not agree completely. Today’s generation is  in a habit of being environmentally friendly and more active at recycling day by day, but just their overall view of caring for the world is different.


The younger generation has grown up in  a world where recycling is the normal thing to do.  They recycle their paper and plastic as naturally as brushing their teeth. My parents taught me to recycle things like bottles and paper at home, so now I have a habit of recycling. I am in PALS, so we actually get the teachers recycling and take it out on certain days. These habits are automatic with my generation, but that does not mean that they are not important. An entire generation all actively recycling has made an impact.  Sometimes my generation has taken the habit home so that their whole family recycles.


The younger generation cares about the environment but they have not had the experiences of the older generation so they view the environment differently.  They have not spent as much time in the outdoors and they have not lived thought the experience of figuring out that the planet needs protecting.  Because they have not had these experiences, and because they are very busy, they do not have a habit of looking for new solutions.  To them, recycling is clearly what you do, so they do not always think what else can we do?  This may be what the researcher at Adelphi University, Beth Christensen, was talking about when she said data showed that the younger generation is not as civic minded.  This generation sees protection of the earth as a clear choice that does not need debate.  Instead, they are focused on new problems such as the challenges of social networking and the technological society that we live in. There are many examples of how the young generation gets involved in issues of the day, including helping others.  Students in my school raise money for individuals in need and for causes that they feel should be supported.


Older generations might have influenced being green by having  chores such as saving and reusing materials.  Our generation has not stopped doing these things they are just done in different ways. I think that there is nothing wrong with having a parent or adult influence you to do things like recycling, because you will just grow up in that habit and the cycle will continue. You will teach others and they will too! Most teens are caught up with school work and outside of school activities, so they have little time in their schedules. Through PALS and other similar groups, the young generation recycles every week. Yes, our teacher does remind us, but we take responsibility. Our job is simple but very effective. I know that students now are probably less active about the environment, but that does not mean they are not aware. Teens usually do not make this their first priority. I  disagree that school aged children are less environmentally aware than older generations. Although some people may say that it is proven differently, I think that if students are given a chance to help they will.