Amazing work is being done in the world of twice-exceptional education. From the identification to strategies concerning how to best support this population, awareness of 2e arguably never has been greater.
But not everyone buys in. There are those who are resistant to the neurodiversity conversation and/or misconstrue what those who promote understanding of cognitive diversity really are saying. Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman chatted with 2e News recently about the value twice-exceptional students have and bring, and how sharing their stories could influence the greater conversation about the needs and potential of 2e students.
“I think there’s a misunderstanding of what we’re really trying to do,” Kaufman says. “There’s a lot more complexity there than sometimes how it’s caricatured. [It’s about] convincing others that these students do have strengths.”
Kaufman was on the Bridges Academy campus in Greater Los Angeles this week serving as an instructor for the Bridges Graduate School of Cognitive Diversity in Education. The graduate school, the first of its kind in awarding advanced degrees in cognitive diversity, started offering courses in January and currently is holding a two-week summer residency for the enrolled students. 2e News will report further on the graduate school in the coming days.
Scott Barry Kaufman is a psychologist at Columbia University exploring the depths of human potential. Dr. Kaufman embraces a humanistic, integrative approach to help all kinds of minds live a creative, fulfilling, and meaningful life. He likes to share his enthusiasm of these topics through his teaching, writing, speaking, and podcast. He writes the weekly column Beautiful Minds for Scientific American and hosts The Psychology Podcast, which has received over 7 million downloads. Kaufman received a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Yale University, and an M. Phil in experimental psychology from the University of Cambridge under a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. In 2015, he was named one of “50 Groundbreaking Scientists who are changing the way we see the world” by Business Insider.