When students spend their education being told that one type of thinking is required and valued, a misconception is taught as truth. Students who think and learn in other valid ways tend to score lower on standardized tests. The results can instill low self esteem, confusion about ability and potential, and perhaps a missed opportunity for a greater future.
What if students were measured on their various abilities to work through challenges?
Howard Gardner is an American developmental psychologist who identified eight different types of intelligences that explain the different ways in which people think and make sense of the world around them. Everyone has a unique blend of intelligences. Artistic people have a high level of visual intelligence while bankers have a high level of logical and mathematical intelligence. This framework can become an alternative way to categorize how students learn and demonstrate abilities.