How did we get to this current focus on early achievement?


Rich Karlgaard (Author & Publisher at Forbes Magazine)

Rich Karlgaard provides historical context about our current cultural obsession with early achievement for young people. He talks about the creation of standardized tests such as the IQ test which according to Karlgaard, was never meant to be used as a predictive mechanism. Karlgaard discusses how some students flourish when pushed to achieve through the use of “sorting mechanisms” such as SAT tests while many other students do not respond at all to these teaching strategies.


About Author

Rich Karlgaard

Author & Publisher at Forbes Magazine

Rich Karlgaard, author of Late Bloomers: The Power of Patience in a World Obsessed with Early Achievement, is the publisher of Forbes magazine and is based in Silicon Valley. He is a lecturer, pilot, and the author of four acclaimed previous books. A self-proclaimed late bloomer, he had a mediocre academic career at Stanford (which he got into by a fluke), and after graduating, until age 26, worked as a dishwasher, night watchman, and typing temp before finally finding the intersection of his talents and drive that ultimately led him to his current career trajectory.

Interviewed By

Vaishali Jain

Vaishali Jain

Sarder TV Journalist, and Former Bloomberg TV Journalist

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