Learning

There is More Than One Kind of Smart

How the theory of Multiple Intelligences can help in celebrating the diversity of Human Intellect

I started classical vocal training at probably the same age as Alicia Keys. I also started tennis coaching around the same time Serena Williams did. But every time I sing or swing a racket, I hear glass breaking. And when they do… oh well, I guess it worked out better for them!

But why is that? Have you ever wondered?

Most of us, when we think of intelligence, are mainly thinking about Linguistic or Logical-Mathematical competencies. However, Dr. Howard Gardner, Professor of Education at Harvard University, has proposed a theory of Multiple Intelligences, which might explain why I was never able to attain the prowess that Keys or Williams have.

Gardner developed his theory in 1983 and suggests that the traditional notion of intelligence i.e. IQ, is too exclusive and limited. Instead, he proposes nine different intelligences that encompass a broader range of human potential in children and adults. People can exhibit competency in more than one area.

Multiple Intelligences

The great Albert Einstein has been quoted saying “Everyone is a Genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid”.  We must recognise that people, especially children are naturally diverse. And we must recognise, encourage and celebrate that diversity. Human society and all of its achievements depend on it.

References

http://www.businessballs.com/howardgardnermultipleintelligences.htm

http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/concept2class/mi/index.html

http://www.thomasarmstrong.com/multiple_intelligences.htm

http://www.howardgardner.com/MI/mi.html