#016 That Dreaded ‘T’ Word Why I Hate The Word “Talented” Revisited

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#016 That Dreaded ‘T’ Word Why I Hate The Word “Talented” Revisited

On this episode of The Literate Child Podcast, Rebecca Laffar-Smith and Nanci Nott talk about The Dreaded ‘T’ Word…


Rebecca revisits the blog post she wrote, “Why I Hate The Word “Talented” – The “Gifted”/”Ungifted” Argument“, makes the case that this seemingly sweet word holds the sneaky power to undermine some children’s self-confidence. Nanci plays the devil’s advocate, and explores the flip side of the talent coin.

Is the word ‘talented’ a positive term, or does it insidiously diminish the value of passion and perseverance?

Is talent inherent, environmental, consequential, or non-existent?

Through hard work and determination, can you succeed as a dyslexic writer/editor/publisher? (Spoiler – the answer is yes. Yes, you can.)

How do your core personality traits unite to create your own unique gifts?

Is ‘passion’ the true meaning of talent?

Does the word ‘talent’ represent a measurement of comparative skill level, or does it describe a person whose interests and environment align fortuitously?

Rebecca and Nanci explore these questions (and many more), and relate these musings back to home schooling, the school system, and society in general.

As parents, we should always pay attention to our children’s specific interests, and find ways to nourish and enhance our kid’s understanding (and enjoyment!) of those interests, regardless of their relative skill level. Don’t measure your child against their peers. Celebrate them for who they are, and concentrate on whether or not they are happy.

We can also help our children find new roads to happiness and confidence, by introducing them to a wide variety of experiences, resources and opportunities.

Regardless of how one defines the word talent, (and regardless of whether or not it exists), is talent a quality we should even be emphasising? Where do ‘happiness and confidence’ factor into ‘passion and ability’?

Rebecca and Nanci would love to hear (and respond to) your thoughts.

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