Howard Gardner is the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor in Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
He is best known for his theory on multiple intelligences. However, I am most impressed with his insights into how children learn and the need for a fundamental change in curriculum design and the approaches to assessments in schools.
Unfortunately, we tend to fall into the trap of using his multiple-intelligence theory to ‘push’ children vertically and to try so hard to develop their intelligences so that they can achieve good grades or be labelled a ‘child-genius’.
My belief is that children are naturally intelligent in so many different ways and all we need to do is to appreciate their intelligences. The role of the parent or teacher is not to ‘teach’ a child to be an ‘all-rounded genius’ but to understand the child and to know what makes him tick and what he can do to make this world a better place.