Intelligence Innate or Artificial amongst Children by zulfikarads2010


									It has been a debate since time immemorial on whether we are born
intelligent or manufactured intelligent. John Lock, the western
philosopher developed a theory which stated that we are born with some
scattered innate ideas and gradually we develop the capability to give
proper shape to those ideas. This epistemological theory is known as
Tabula-Rasa. Generally proponents of the tabula rasa thesis favor the
"nurture" side of the nature versus nurture debate, when it comes to
aspects of one's personality, social and emotional behavior, and
intelligence. Thought there are various critics to the theory given by
Lock, but most of the great thinkers agreed to the statement that we are
not born empty minded. A child's first words, grasping a spoon, babies
turning their head in recognition of their mother's voice; all these are
examples of a young child's developmental "steps" forward.Everyone
possesses some unique qualities and there is no denying of the fact that
if these qualities are encouraged in the initial years of a child's life,
a child can become a genius in the respective field. But it is not so
easy to understand and catch a child's interest. Children are quite
inconsistent in their behavior. In the morning they may show an
inclination towards music, where as in the evening they may ask us to buy
them a chess board. In such cases, parents need to observe closely the
activity that they perform most frequently. Moreover, motivation plays a
vital role. In the initial two years, the baby's brain grows the most.
When babies are exposed to sights, sounds, textures to feel, smells, and
tastes, more connections are made inside the brain. Genetics, food and
nutrition, responsiveness of parents, daily experiences, physical
activity and love are the factors that that play the crucial influence
during this stage.In the development of a child's intelligence, the
school plays a major role. Imagine a child's brain is like a house that
has just been built. The walls are up, the doors are hung. Then you go to
the store and buy electrical wiring, switches, a fuse box and other
electrical supplies. You bring these supplies to the new house and set
them on the floor. Will they work? Probably not! You first must string
the wiring and hook up all the connections and only then can you get the
electricity in the house. In modern day schools, the introduction of
creative learning material is a way of sharpening the intelligence of the
growing learners. The teachers in schools play the role of fencing
masters who guard the minds of these little grownups. There is no denying
the fact that we are born with some intelligence, but during our
childhood we lack the power to direct that intelligence in a correct way.
In this regard we need the help of parents, teachers and elders who know
the world better than we do. The school environment, to a large extent,
influences a child's intelligence. Thus, we can say that intelligence
isn't manufactured, but all the efforts are directed towards preserving
that intelligence so that the future generation can make a worthy use of

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