In 1990 I attended an event where the speaker was a researcher from Stanford University in Palo Alto. They had just released the results of a twenty year project. They had followed a thousand children from the age of two years old. The children were from every ethnicity and every income background. They found 90% of the children were born with a genius capacity. Each year the children were retested and by the time the children were 21 only 2% were left with their genius capacity.
The children’s environment, their siblings, peers, teachers, news and even what they read was instrumental in adjusting how the children believed in their ability to learn and who they eventually become. It was difficult for the children to shed the exposure of the negativity and find their own core abilities beyond what they were capabible of.