Howard Gardner’s Theory of MI


First published last February 15, 2009

This theory may lack empirical evidence based from the critics. Thus, the theory & the MI assessment test are still useful for parents and educators, for them to know their child/student’s strengths and understand their weak points.

Though it would be hard for teachers to design lesson plans & curricula for each student based on the the test results, but it would be better if they could group the students based on the results of the test through sectioning.  Ex. Section A will have all the students that are Logically Intelligent, Section B – Musically Intelligent, Section C – People Smart, Section D – Self Smart, etc.

Each has its own.  Each one is unique.  Each has its own strengths & weaknesses.  If a parent/teacher don’t know how to discover the strength of his/her child/student then he/she would end up focusing on  the weaknesses, giving unjust punishments and depriving the child to discover his/her own strengths.

“Every time you understand, guide & support a student/kid , you save a soul.”

“How can your students have faith in themselves, if you as their teacher don’t have faith in them?”

“An educator should be a facilitator to guide a student/kid to discover/learn by himself/herself and not be a dictator to force a student to learn according to what you want..” – This is hard in a traditional system of education, that’s why somehow I appreciate the Montessori system of education.  I remember a superior insulted a teacher by telling her: “You are so traditional”.  At first she just took it for granted, but after realizing what it meant, she started to be innovative.

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