Originally Posted by RubyWild
Some kids are gifted with high kinesthetic intelligence, others with intuitive intelligence,
Ruby, we went around the Gardnerian bend before, but it's still hooey. Not only has it been routinely discredited by serious researchers in the field of human intelligence, but it's also just plain bad science. Not only does he deliberately obfuscate the distinction between "intelligence" and "talent," blurring them so that anything and everything can be an "intelligence," but he selects AS "intelligences" skills that are largely unmeasurable, uncomparable, and completely culturally relative.
For example, let's take this idea of kinesthetic intelligence, shall we? Unlike general intelligence, which *can* be measured, albeit imperfectly, how are we to measure, with any kind of objective criteria, kinesthetic intelligence? And talk about subjective and culturally relative...wow. Who is more kinesthetically intelligent? Baryshnikov, or Michael Jordan? What about John Travolta in the Saturday Night Fever era? For that matter, what about porn star John Holmes -- now that's a kinesthetic intelligence for you! What about my personal favorite -- Elaine from Seinfeld
. What if I claimed she was highly gifted as a dancer because her moves were so...unexpected?
Oh, and how, really, do we measure intuitive intelligence? With an intu-o-meter? Calling Deanna Troi! And how do we compare whether, for example, I am more intuitive than you? Or whether I am really not very intuitive relative to the population?
I apologize for sounding sarcastic and I want to make clear that my sarcasm is not directed at you personally, nor is it a personal attack. It's a sarcastic attack on Gardner's theories, which (for the record) were never intended to be used in pedagogy, and which -- not surprisingly -- have not worked.
|Yes, most kids are gifted in some area that is covered in some manner in the schools,
Really! What a surprise. Please share your data. A link? A quote? The title of a book? Really, any objective data on which you're basing this surprising statement would be most welcome.