Multiple Intelligences

Howard Gardner and Harvard's Project Zero have described phenomena they believe indicate that humans (children included) have various types of intelligence. This suggests that traditional notions of IQ and general intelligence are wrong. For example, a person may have superior musical intelligence, but average artistic ability. If we look at child prodigies and idiot savants, we see a restricted number of areas in which these people excel. What this implies is that there are different types and degrees of intelligence present in everyone. This may suggest that we should encourage all intelligences in our curricula. In fact, testing for various intelligences has been implemented in some school systems already. One of the dangers here is one of overconcentration; our school systems need to develop well-rounded citizens, not pre-teen virtuosi.

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