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Pinecone Active Learning
5988 Silver Creek Valley Rd. #60
San Jose, California, 95138
(408) 270-4548 |
Congratulations all you graduates! Whether you are graduating from college, high school or first grade, you did it and you should be proud. Now is the time to bring in those awards and stellar grade reports to add to our "Pinecone Stars" wall. Students and parents look at this when they come in and enjoy your accomplishments. I also want to thank everyone for their wonderful performances Thursday during our video. We had 13 students working feverishly and quietly - quite impressive! Unfortunately, your instructor flubbed her lines a few times, but hopefully that part will get cut. We should have a new Pinecone Video in a couple weeks. I'll keep you posted. Lastly, don't forget to complete your vacation schedules - you wouldn't want to miss your Pinecone on vacation, right?

If you believe geniuses were born, think again!

PineconeIt has long been accepted that talent is genetic which a few individuals are born with, and certainly not the vast majority of us. This assumption has spawned descriptions like 'natural athlete', 'gifted musician' and 'innate intelligence'. But in actual fact, where do artistic and athletic abilities originate? New research indicates that the cradle of such skills is far more interesting and follows path of natural progression. Contrary to what we have believed so far, it now transpires that what we are, including what we inherit from our genes, follows a developmental process. Geneticists a century back had a concept of genes being much like clone actors mouthing the same lines in a similar fashion, and most of us still live under this delusion. But with the new research, scientists are revising old opinions and updating obsolete concepts of heredity.

Scientists now believe that genes are constantly interacting with the surrounding environment, turning on and off frequently. The same genes display different effects depending on whom or what they are interacting with. The logical conclusion from this is that everything that relates to us, our intelligence, our skills and our personalities are in fact predicated by our immediate environment and the life we lead. It follows that the very concept of 'innate', holds water no longer.

The emerging results of research have lead scientists to revise significantly old beliefs. They now consider that each individual starts life like a blank slate with the capacity to have a number of different stories scripted on it. Like a programmed musical toy with an extensive repertoire, every individual has the ability to play a variety of disparate developmental tunes. The tune the individual plays is determined by the environment in which the individual grows up.

However, this does not imply that genes do not matter. We are all different individuals with vastly dissimilar potentials from each other. It would be presumptuous to believe that anyone can become anything or do anything. There is no chance of every one of us becoming an Einstein or a Tiger Woods, however hard we try. However the new research also tells us that it's equally absurd to believe that mediocrity is hard wired in most of us.

This novel concept is difficult to digest considering we have so far been led to believe that each of us is doomed to mediocrity having inherited a fixed quantum of intelligence. For almost a century we have been told categorically that each one of us is born with a fixed IQ. But Alfred Binet himself, the man who invented the IQ test, had a view that differed. Science now tends to favor his opinion.


"... we are so happy with her progress. And she seems much happier with just having to do math. She will be taking on dancing along with PC, soccer, church club, but we like to keep her busy."

~ Fernando Leon

"Pinecone landed me right where I needed to be. I got an A+ on math and grammar and reading."

~ Vincent Ha
Pinecone's Strategy

childPinecone's methodology is to run the two foundation programs of Math and Reading at a pace which allows the child to assimilate the subject matter and apply the new acquired skills to practical problem solving. The coaching is structured so that the child is able to reason for him/herself to achieve the highest level of comprehension. Regular practice and support instills self confidence and stimulates an eagerness to progress to the next level. Each student is groomed to anticipate and surmount hurdles consistent with present day education. The end result is a happy and confident child who is justifiably proud of his or her academic achievements.

For more details of this Bay Area teaching center and its unique, result-oriented teaching methodology please visit its website at For offers and special discounts call 408.270.4548.

About Vivian Hobbs

Ms. Hobbs is a qualified educator with an M.S. degree in Industrial Psychology and 30 years of experience in math and research design. Children's education and research into the best learning methods have always been at the forefront of her career.

Where can I learn more?

Pinecone Active Learning is on Facebook and can be followed on Twitter. For further information on enrollment and fee structure, please call 408.270.4548 or visit the center's website at

For more on its unique tutoring methodology, please click on

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