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Tyler  Gross

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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

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