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Imus, Wolfowitz and Multiple Intelligences: I thought there were only 7 or 8 April 17, 2007

Posted by Dr. Rohn Kessler in 9-5-4, add, adhd, attention training, children, education, exercise, ld, learning disability, parenting, Sparks of Genius, video games.
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I am often asked about multiple intelligences, and how many there really are. I have no idea. The reason for adding a ninth intelligence now is because I have decided to combine two of Dr. Howard Gardner’s “candidate intelligences” – Existential and Moral– into a 9th intelligence, which is Spiritual Intelligence or “soul smarts.”

Look at today’s headlines and the one thing that stands out is the arrogance of prominent adults.

Why? Look at today’s headlines and the one thing that stands out is the arrogance of prominent adults. Today it’s Don Imus and Paul Wolfowitz. What do they value?

What if the fundamental purpose of education was to teach students to continually refine…their character?

I have been in the education business much of my life. What if schools made it their mission not to domesticate students but to inform and enlighten them. What if the fundamental purpose of education was to teach students to continually refine and upgrade their character; to become a mensch, a real human being?

Wikipedia defines a mensch as “a particularly good person, like “a stand-up guy,” a person with the qualities one would hope for in a dear friend or trusted colleague.” Link is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mensch.

“The three foundations of menschhood are helping lots of people, doing what’s right, and paying back society….” -Guy Kawasaki, The Art of the Start

Menschhood is so important a quality that Guy Kawasaki devotes an entire chapter to it in his classic “The Art of the Start.” Guy writes that “The three foundations of menschhood are helping lots of people, doing what’s right, and paying back society—simple concepts that are hard to implement.” Link is http://www.guykawasaki.com/

At Sparks of Genius we strive to help all our students (ages 6-82) identify and nurture their sparks of genius. The multiple intelligence model helps us to do that, as does the Multiple Intelligence Developmental Assessment Scale (MIDAS) developed by Dr. Branton Shearer. Link is http://miresearch.org/.

But there are only 8 intelligences there now, and we need the ninth – to become more soul smart. Part of spirituality, the 9th intelligence, includes character refinement —becoming more a more compassionate, responsible, joyful, grateful and giving human being.

At Sparks of Genius we’re in the learning achievement business and fully committed to helping our students (ages 6-82) becoming fully human. The 9th intelligence is an important part of the 9-5-4 equation. Link is https://sparksofgenius.wordpress.com/2007/02/07/what-is-the-sparks-of-genius-9-5-4-program/

This week’s headlines feature Don Imus and Paul Wolfowitz. Who will it be next week? One thing is for sure: arrogance will part of the picture.

-Dr. Rohn Kessler, Ed. D.

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