Do you think academic excellence is the only way to decide how intelligent a child is? Do you wonder why your child does not sit in one place and read a book while your neighbour’s child spends 30 minutes sitting and reading? Do you wonder why your child is more interested in jumping around on the floor or in the garden while your friend’s child plays a musical instrument happily?
Do you know why one-size-fits-all approach to education invariably falls apart in reality?
Perhaps the theory of multiple intelligences should help you find some answers to understand what kind of intelligence your child possesses in abundance and how to nurture them.
The theory of multiple intelligences was developed in 1983 by Dr. Howard Gardner, professor of education at Harvard University. Gardner identified seven distinct intelligences. According to him, all humans are able to learn, understand, know & explore the world through language, logic, spatial representation, musical thinking, use of the body, an understanding of other individuals, and an understanding of selves. Every individual has different strengths of these intelligences and we combine them in different ways to carry out our everyday tasks.
The theory suggests that the traditional notion of intelligence, based on I.Q. testing, is far too limited. There are at least seven ways (“intelligences”) through which people understand and perceive the world. These intelligences may not be exhaustive. The learning styles are as follows -
Let us all go back & identify which intelligence is higher/dominant in our child & make efforts to nurture that intelligence instead of striving for academic excellence. Academic success will automatically follow.
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