EDUC 391 Intelligence in Everyday Life


P/F Writing Assignment for Day 26

Different views on how society

should deal with differences in intelligence



WRITING FELLOW EVALUATION Please print, fill out, and bring to class.


In the first half of his book, Gardner described a major dilemma for democratic society: ability differences among individuals mean that some of our most fundamental goals (individualism and equality) conflict. One result of this conflict is a social tendency toward mediocrity and an antipathy toward excellence.

1. What resolution of this conflict does Gardner develop in today's reading in order to motivate the pursuit of excellence?

2. How does Kaus differ in how he would deal with the dilemmas of ability differences? Does his resolution emphasize excellence, or does it focus on equality?