Multiple Intelligences rock!
Until fairly recently, the only predominant forms of evaluation
of learning capabilities and styles rested on both the
linguistic and mathematical intelligences and they were duly
addressed by IQ tests. That means that, if you were unlucky
enough to score low on either form, you were called a dummy or
worse, a retard (this having nothing to do with a neurological
Good thing that every so often a brilliant person comes to our
planet to elucidate the rest of us about some concerns that we
have regarding certain issues or perhaps just to jolt our
attention and point us in the right direction. Welcome Dr.
Howard Gardner. This scholar from Harvard University determined
that thinking only about this duality of mind was totally
inaccurate and hence, decided to look for other ways in which a
child could excel, regardless of low IQ tests.
To Dr. Gardner, "intelligence is the ability to solve problems
or to fashion products that are valued in one or more cultural
or community settings." Based on his definition of intelligence,
Dr. Gardner found out that there are not only those two types of
intelligence mentioned above, the linguistic and mathematical,
but in fact, nine of them. Imagine that! Nine intelligences! He
named them, Multiple Intelligences. Suddenly, those who were
labeled less able realize that they too are intelligent beings
and can solve problems in many different ways.
Now, note that he doesn't say that intelligence is the ability
to receive information. That, he lives to the NLP learning
styles, which are different in nature from the Multiple
Intelligences. The learning styles are four: auditory, visual,
kinesthetic and auditory digital. I speak about them in another
So because of this "discovery," the whole educational system can
be modified to include every single student and call them all
bright people. Can you imagine the revolution these Multiple
Intelligences would cause if every single school in the country
would apply this model? We would have to change the way we
teach, that's true, but, boy, to see the open smiles and the joy
students would show when they finally learn better, get
absolutely un-bored, and express their brightness accordingly.
What a happy society we would have!
So let's dream in the meantime, and check for the explanation of
Multiple Intelligences in my next article.