Every student is a genius. The 12 qualities of genius : curiosity, playfulness, imagination, creativity, wonder, wisdom, inventiveness, vitality, sensitivity, flexibility, humor, joy. Theoretical foundations : neurological basis, evolutionary basis, biographical basis, phenomenological basis. For further study The genius shuts down. The role of the home : emotional dysfunction, poverty, fast-track, lifestyles, rigid ideologies. The role of the school : testing and grading, labeling and tracking, textbooks and worksheet learning, tedium. The role of the popular media : stereotypical images, insipid language, mediocre content. For further study How to awaken genius in the classroom. Reawaken the genius in yourself. Provide simple genius experiences. Create a genial climate in the classroom : freedom to choose, open-ended exploration, freedom from judgment, honoring every student's experience, believing in every student's genius. Know that genius is expressed in many ways. For further study.