What makes a genius? Even experts argue over whether IQ, EQ, executive function, and/or academic achievement matters most. Nature? Nurture? The role of genetics in intelligence — i.e., the extent to which our smarts are inherited — has long been an academic war zone. What can raise your child's chances? Cello lessons, French lessons, and juggling.
1. Thirty percent of children under the age of 2 have television sets in their bedrooms.
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And 59 percent of under-2s watch two hours of TV every day. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently issued a warning urging parents not to let infants and toddlers watch TV. Giving tiny viewers no known benefits, TV impairs cognitive skills and wastes crucial brain-development time that should be spent conversing with real people, says infant-language expert Roberta Golinkoff, coauthor of Einstein Never Used Flashcards: How Our Children Really Learn — And Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less. "Language is crucial to children's learning, and the language they get from the television is not tailored to their individual needs. It will not answer their questions or follow their leads, which is how you create smart kids."
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Written for The Daily Beast by Anneli Rufus.