Charles Murray has an interesting article in The New Criterion where he outlines how he believes that the end of what he calls "educational romanticism" is fast approaching. Murray defines this romanticism as a belief that all kids have a set of unique and special talents and it is the role of the educator to find them. Murray rejects this notion offhand and argues that this is all so much bunk. The reality for him is that some kids are just plain more intelligent than others and that the multiple intelligences touted by the likes of Howard Gardiner is just another form of liberal white guilt.
You may recall that Murray was the coauthor of The Bell Curve. In light of so many of the recent developments in education over the past few decades, I'd be curious to know what people's reactions are to this line of thinking.