Learn at free Langley library lecture

A psychologist speaks out about change in education.

Author and psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman contends that the modern school classroom is broken.

And the Fraser Valley Regional Library is playing host to a presentation by the author on Thursday evening.

Kaufman wrote Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined.

Severe ear infections left him nearly deaf at age three and that landed him in the special needs classroom.

Now a cognitive pyschologist, he’s on a mission to change the way society measures intelligence.

That includes the need to compare students and labelling.

“We’re not born with talents full formed. Once we engage with something that is personally meaningful to us, we are inspired and activated to develop our talents – and that’s when we begin to meet our goals. That’s successful behavior,” said Kaufman, “not a number on a test score.”

His presentation is at the Township Civic Facility at 7 p.m.

Highlighting the latest research in genetics and neuroscience, as well as evolutionary, developmental, social, positive, and cognitive psychology, Kaufman will reveal that the way people interpret traditional metrics of intelligence is misguided.

Parents, caregivers, and educators will be encouraged to move from evaluation towards a culture of inspiration that is aimed at helping students unlock their potential and reach their goals, at school and beyond.

This presentation is free with no registration required. Seating is limited to 200 people. The doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Langley is part of the Fraser Valley Regional Library, the largest public library system in B.C., with 25 community libraries serving almost 700,000 people in 15 member municipalities and regional districts.

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