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Different Kinds of Intelligence
“Different Kinds of Smarts”
How we measure intelligence in our educational system is largely upon strict academics… that’s what we’ve been using as a yardstick. Hopefully, that definition of intelligence is shifting. It may be time to rethink our view of intelligence. We know intelligence is diverse and it is affected by the way we experience the world. And, creativity is not usually included in intelligence measurements.
Picasso said that all children are born artists but grow out of it by the way we educate them. Everywhere education is based up math and languages and then humanities. Art, music, drama, and dance are at the bottom of the educational hierarchy. Of course, math is very important but so are the arts. The youngest children respond to music with dance but as they grow up, we educate them to focus on their heads.
The athlete has an intelligence guiding the mind, muscles, thinking in split seconds.
The chef, diligently multi-tasking takes intelligence.
The stylist with a keen eye, adaptable, thoughtful. That’s intelligence.
Our educational system focuses on academic ability and dominates our view of intelligence. Many highly talented, brilliant, creative people think they are not intelligent – It depends on how intelligence is measured. Something to ponder…