Posted by: crudbasher | January 7, 2011

How Do We Nurture Each Child’s Gifts?

Vivian Maier

I just came across this amazing story.  You can see the 10 min video here:

Vivian Maier

Summary: A set of 100,000 photos has been recently discovered.  They were taken by a nanny and amateur photographer.  Some experts are saying she may have been one of the best street photographers of the 20th century.

So these are my questions:

1. How did she do in school?

2. Was she encouraged at all in this gift of hers?

We will never know the answers to these questions unfortunately.  What we can do is to reflect what would have happened if she was in school today.  I think it is very important that school allows our kids to develop whatever skills and gifts they have, even if that is to the expense of “standards”.  If it takes all kinds to make the world go around,  why do we insist everyone be the same in school?

Any thoughts?



  1. Hi Andrew
    Thanks for the post – it really got me thinking. This is how I framed it:

    Isn’t it great that she went to a school, any school, that apprectiated and nurtured her talents – a school that wanted her to succeed but didn’t didn’t measure this succes strictly via grades? They meaured it by the type of altruistic pursuits the the kids engaged in; they measured it by particpation rates in the arts and tech ed; they measured it by particpation in extracurricular events; they meaured it in terrms of the kids own ‘self concept.’

    They measured it like all schools measure it today: by allowing kids to develop their “skills and gifts.” They, students, are ‘allowed’ to do this because as it is in Vancouver it is with all great schools (and they’re all great): educators heed standards (i.e. Ministry mandates) but they do not allow these standards to drive what it is they do in their classrooms. They contextualize and make sense of it all so that it all positively impacts their respective communities.

    I read this post and think, “Wow, isn’t it great she received a public education!”

    • Hi Gino,
      What a very positive way of looking at things! Stories like these are interesting because we don’t really have all the information so can speculate. You could in fact be right and her gift was kindled in school!
      Thanks much for commenting!

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