The Aptitude Myth examines prevailing American beliefs about children, learning, schooling, and parenting. Where did they come from? And do they have any scientific basis? Join Dr. Grove as he answers these questions by digging into the historical record to reveal how these ancient beliefs came to undermine American children’s learning today.
MEET THE AUTHOR
Cornelius N. Grove‘s mission has been to explain to Americans the historical and cultural reasons for their children’s comparatively mediocre performance in schools and classrooms.
In The Aptitude Myth (2013), he reveals the deep historical origins of Americans’ belief that a child’s inborn ability, rather than his persistent effort, determines his level of school performance. He then traces the spread of this myth across Europe and into 20th century America.
In The Drive to Learn, published in May 2017, Dr. Grove reveals the deep cultural reasons why American children’s learning in school is consistently below world-class standards. He does this by comparing American students with those in East Asia. Website
I want you to know how impressed I am with The Aptitude Myth. The review of the history which led to the current state of American education was comprehensive in scope and extremely well written. The assertions in the concluding chapter present a clear challenge for both educators and parents to rethink the way children learn and to restructure learning environments to ensure children achieve the “mastery” of critical skills and knowledge which this book articulates so well. Cornelius Grove has authored an important book that all educators should read, and I have highly recommended it to many of those I worked with before my retirement. I congratulate Grove on writing such a valuable book for all who are interested in making real change in education today.