howard gardner – the unschooled mind

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The author of over twenty books translated into over thirty languages, he is best known for his theory of multiple intelligences, as outlined in his book Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences (1983). [see a snippet of how he/they influenced us early on here..]

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changing minds..

interview at aspen institute:


Pedagogy of the Oppressed: Noam ChomskyHoward Gardner, and Bruno della Chiesa

Published on May 24, 2013

On Wednesday, May 1, the Askwith Forum commemorated the 45th anniversary of the publication of Paolo Freire‘s “Pedagogy of the Oppressed” with a discussion about the book’s impact and relevance to education today.

understand your own oppression – it’s not a law of nature..

33 min – consciousness raising.. thinking for yourself..

45 min – wow – may day in rest of world.. supporting suppressed americans with their 8 hour work day

48 – the reason frerie is unknown – he wasn’t just talking about literacy, if he’d been saying.. here’s a nice method for teaching literacy,… but instead.. it was about literacy as a means for raising questions…

56 min – it’s statistics for god’s sake (pisa et al)

57- put everything in numbers – to look serious – but also to not go deeper.. you quit asking once numbers are presented..



In a planet occupied now by seven billion inhabitants, I am amazed by the difference that one human being can make. Think of classical music without Mozart or Stravinsky; of painting without Caravaggio, Picasso or Pollock; of drama without Shakespeare or Beckett. Think of the incredible contributions of Michelangelo or Leonardo, or, in recent times, the outpouring of deep feeling at the death of Steve Jobs (or, for that matter, Michael Jackson or Princess Diana). Think of human values in the absence of Moses or Christ.


Despite the laudatory efforts of scientists to ferret out patterns in human behavior, I continue to be struck by the impact of single individuals, or of small groups, working against the odds. As scholars, we cannot and should not sweep these instances under the investigative rug. We should bear in mind anthropologist Margaret Mead’s famous injunction: ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. It is the only thing that ever has.’


nov 2014 – mi not learning styles:


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Howard Earl Gardner (born July 11, 1943) is an American developmental psychologist and the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. He is the Senior Director of Harvard Project Zero, and since 1995, he has been the co-director of the Good Project.

The author of over twenty books translated into over thirty languages, he is best known for his theory of multiple intelligences, as outlined in his book Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences (1983).

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dec 2015 – to zuck/chan – max:


The concept of different “learning styles” is one of the greatest neuroscience myths

Original Tweet:

The second most commonly believed myth was that left- or right-brain dominance affected learning


In December, Philip Newton, .., searched for “learning styles” articles freely available on research databases, to get a sense of the impression a teacher might get if they did a cursory search on the subject. He found that, though studies “do not really engage” with evidence showing that learning styles is a myth, 94% of current research papers start with a positive view of learning styles.

“Learning Styles do not work, yet the current research literature is full of papers which advocate their use.


Howard-Jones argues that it’s not a result of fraud, but of “uniformed interpretations of genuine scientific facts.” The assumption behind learning myths seems to be based on the scientific fact that different regions of the cortex have different roles in visual, auditory, and sensory processing, and so students should learn differently “according to which part of their brain works better.” However, writes Howard-Jones, “the brain’s interconnectivity makes such an assumption unsound.”

Neuromyths arise, Howard-Jones argues, partly due to the technical language barrier that makes understanding neuroscience papers difficult for non-experts, and due to oversimplification of complicated scientific ideas. These myths are then “promoted by victims of their own wishful thinking” who are sincere but deluded in their belief that some eccentric theory will “revolutionize science and society,” he writes.

over simplification of complicated ideas.. and/or over complication of simple ideas…

And these myths can flourish in cultures where beliefs about the brain are not subject to ongoing scientific scrutiny— it’s rare, after all, that a classroom’s teaching methods are rigorously and scientifically tested by an observer.


Ben Wild (@BENisWILD) tweeted at 4:15 PM – 9 Jan 2017 :

5 Factors Characterize Creativity
3.An Odd Mind
4.Capacity for Solitude
5.Sense of Honesty
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