The Power of the Mind
4th October 2018
Dr Keith Davidson and Dr June Alexis present a new and fresh perspective on the whole concept of intelligence and intellect in their recent book entitled, The Power of the Mind. The book makes a clear distinction between intellect and intelligence and challenges the notion of intelligence, originally introduced by Francis Galton in 1865, and questions the assumptions behind the practice of IQ testing.
The message it gives is that everyone has infinite intellectual potential and in addition, that everyone can develop the skills of intelligence that come from a fair and just education system.
Davidson and Alexis assert in the book that the belief in innate and inherited intelligence, and the use of IQ testing for selection in education have both significantly shaped the existing education systems in the UK and the USA. This has resulted in millions of children being assessed as academically incapable. Furthermore, the doctrine of intelligence has also devalued the philosophy of a holistic approach to education, embracing physical, spiritual and emotional development.
Dr Davidson has 37 years of experience in the field of education. He has been a secondary school subject teacher, school bursar, headteacher, Ofsted inspector, education director, education consultant, conference speaker and is the author of the book entitled The successful teacher (1998) and joint author with Dr June Alexis of the book entitled Education; A pathway to success for black children (2012). Dr Davidson is also the recipient of The Voice Newspaper Educator of the Decade Award in 1
992 and The DfES School Governor of the Year Award in 2006 (London region).
Dr Alexis has been a secondary education practitioner for 34 years, serving as a subject teacher of English,
head of house/year, head of English faculty, senior school leader, English subject examiner, professional and subject mentors for national teacher training courses, Ofsted inspector, headteac
her, education consultant and