Strauss: Howard Gardner, creator of ‘multiple intelligences’ theory, launches new project on ‘good’ education
World-renowned developmental psychologist Howard Gardner revolutionized the fields of psychology and education when he published his 1983 book “Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences,” which detailed a new model of human intelligence that went beyond the traditional view that there was a single kind that could be measured by standardized tests. (You can read his account of how he came up with the theory here.) Gardner’s theory initially listed seven intelligences which work together: linguistic, logical-mathematical, musical, bodily-kinesthetic, spatial, interpersonal and intrapersonal; he later added an eighth, naturalist intelligence and says there may be a few more. The theory became highly popular with K-12 educators around the world seeking ways to reach students who did not respond to traditional approaches, but over time, “multiple intelligences” wrongly became synonymous with the concept of “learning styles.” (You can read a piece here by Gardner explaining the difference.)Read full article >>
The most salient criticism throughout the 10-month public process of redrawing school boundaries in the District was that the city should be investing in improving neighborhood schools everywhere rather than reshuffling school assignments.Read full article >>
The District’s charter schools ranked first in the nation in a report released Wednesday that for the first time looks at the quality of the charter school movement.
The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, which released the report, has historically ranked states by the friendliness of their charter school laws. This is its first attempt at evaluating how charter schools are actually performing.Read full article >>
The University of Maryland University College, a largely online institution that targets the adult education market, has no football or basketball team to stir school spirit. But it does have the Cyber Padawans.Read full article >>
Here is a post about what goes on in classrooms and how teachers sometimes fool themselves into thinking that they are allowing students to direct their own learning when, in fact, they aren’t. This was written by Alfie Kohn (www.alfiekohn.org), who is the author of 13 books, including, most recently, “The Myth of the Spoiled Child: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom About Children and Parenting.”Read full article >>