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  •  I think you basically get me: (0+ / 0-)
    I understand that there's a difference between that which a person is inherently capable of doing and that which a person is presently able to do, but "ability" can mean the latter without implying the former.
    (I know I'm getting off the topic of your diary here, although my point is tangentially related.)

    You believe I am "making too much" of that distinction between "accomplishment" and "intelligence." I'd respectfully disagree. You and I live in a culture where a lot of money is spent promoting the meme that "some of us have it, and some of us don't." Poor people are poor, well, because they're dumber. In the 1990s, didn't some clown come out with a fat best-seller all about how some races were just naturally smarter than others?

    There is an element in our culture, a powerful one, devoted to keeping that thinking alive. Public schools, at their best, flout it.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 01:27:31 PM PST

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