In this article, Huffington Post blogger Salman Khan describes reading time with his son: “Aren’t you glad how I struggled with that word,” the five-year-old asked. “I think I could feel my brain growing.”
Khan explains how research he has been reading talks about the brain being a muscle like any other: if you don’t use it, it won’t grow. This means that intelligence is only partly inherent; for the other part, you can control it by using and expanding your knowledge and thoughts, by struggling to understand new and complicated concepts.
What are your thoughts about this? Do you encourage your children to “struggle?”