Pros: Revolutionary Educational Theory
This book challenges many popular assumptions about talent, ability, and what it means to be "gifted." Bloom's study affirms his theory that talent alone is not enough to achieve extraordinary levels of achievement (in any field of human endeavor) without a long and intensive process of family encouragement, a nurturing environment, and dedicated training. Environmental factors are more important than genetic gifts, but the combination of genetic gifts plus appropriate environmental factors is ideal. Athletes who are gifted with innate talent, a nurturing environment, and great coaching will achieve greatness along the lines of Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, and Peyton Manning.