I’ve argued previously that the aim of education ought to be to make children cleverer. If I’m right, then not only is it desirable, it’s also possible to achieve this end. But before we can do so, we need to make sure we have a solid understanding of precisely which aspects of intelligence we might be able to boost.
In What Is Intelligence? James Flynn suggests a number of factors that make up an individual’s intelligence:
- Mental acuity – the ability to come up with solutions to problems about which we have no prior knowledge
- Habits of mind – the ways in which we are accustomed to using…