“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
How many human potentials have been cut short because they were different? How many great contributions to humanity were never realized for this very reason? Every child has genius in them, unless it is snuffed out by those who would lack understanding.
In 1983 psychologist Howard Gardner defined 9 different types of intelligence, 9!! They are:
- Naturalist (nature smart)
- Musical (sound smart)
- Logical-mathematical (number/reasoning smart)
- Existential (life smart)
- Interpersonal (people smart)
- Bodily-kinesthetic (body smart)
- Linguistic (word smart)
- Intra-personal (self smart)
- Spatial (picture smart)
What a wonderful and productive world it will be when our institutions can identify and nurture these intelligences in everybody!
Have a great Saturday!