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Why not reform education around Gardener's Multiple Intelligences theory?

If kids spend 8 hours a day learning about what they love and what they're statistically brilliant in, won't such a reform benefit society in the long run?

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    Apr 3 2011: Gardener recognizes that there are multiply intelligences and we all have them all with the potential to develop them. However the debate on what is an intelligence factor, part, or type is still going on. Some suggest up to 11 intelligences.

    Drop the intelligence concept for a while, it truly is a complex issue.

    Now consider thinking; critical thinking, analytical thinking, problem-solving, so on and so forth.

    We do not change anything in the system except first and second grade together and third and fourth grade together. In which these now two grades no longer have separate subjects, separate ages, or separate books and questions. The subject is thought construction i.e thinking skills, critical thinking, philosophy, logic, anything that involves the idea of "thoughts building on thoughts, while remaining transparent". Now, these kids have been taught for 4 years (maybe not that much is needed) how to construct thoughts logically, orderly, and openly.

    My question is for anyone, what would be the result for these students as they continue with the rest 7 or 8 years of education in normal conditions?

    I personally believe they would excel while being bored with the rest of the education or excel while driving their teachers insane with questions.

    The idea is to set it up so no matter what the subject matter is, a student has the ability to understand that interest to the fullest extent.
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      Apr 5 2011: The problem with this, Nicholas, would be dueling with fundementalists. Sadly, some parents don't like their kids questioning. I don't think people are ready to pay for kids to learn to their fullest extent.

      I really do like that idea though. I feel these thoughts will be considered in a more progressive society in the future. However, after some thought, I'm sure that neither of our ideas will be expressed as long as we still hold on to simple principles.
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        Apr 5 2011: Significant change is the best change right now with this country driving education into the gutter
  • Apr 3 2011: How do they know what they love and are statistically brilliant in? How else do they discover what they love other than by trying many different things?

    What if they love something but don't like the social economic status it limits them to? I have a friend who loves sculpting, and grew up loving art. His dad wanted him to be a successful engineer instead. Compromise? He's an architect, and a good one, but maybe he could have been better at sculpting, so does art suffer from a lack of his brilliant ideas and contributions?

    Are you considering personality testing early on to see what kids may be drawn towards? Using right brained/left brained tendencies to guide them? What if kids love things they aren't statistically brilliant in?

    I like your idea a lot. I would have loved a more specialized education earlier on. Liberal arts major in college and had I been able to study those things in more depth earlier on maybe I would be better off now. I do, however, find myself feeling really dumb when I consider how long ago it was since I had to solve for algebraic equations.

    Flesh it out for me.
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      Apr 5 2011: Good thoughts! People who have tested in multiple intelligences have never had one clear result. ( Like Nicholas said, it's an unclear process) People tend to have 2 or 3 areas they could be brilliant in. So there is no way I could suggest an absolute school for every different kind of learner. I like scenerios. Let's do one of those.
      Your friend, the sculptor takes the quiz. He tests in as a Spatial and a Logical-Math learner. Spatial means he has the capability to learn more efficiantly when dealing with tangable/ visable results. Ligical-Math is, well, pretty obvious.
      In my vision, your friend would take the required classes (such as english, math, history..) in a way that best suits his intelligence. He might learn about History by building a model of his favorite invention during the industrial revelution. Or about music by building an instrument. I think there is a lot of need for something like this.