The Disciplined Mind: Beyond Facts and Standardized Tests, the K-12 Education That Every Child Deserves by Howard GardnerIn The Disciplined Mind, Howard Gardner argues that K-12 education should strive for a deep understanding of three classical principles: truth, beauty, and goodness. Such an understanding requires mastery of the major disciplines that human beings have created over the centuries. As powerful examples of his approach, Gardner describes an education that illuminates the theory of evolution, the music of Mozart, and the lessons of the Holocaust. Far from the standardized test mentality that has gripped both policy makers and the public, Gardner envisions an education that preserves the strengths of a traditional humane education while preparing younger generations for the challenges of the future.
Howard Gardner: Five Minds for the Future / Ross Institute Summer Academy 2007
‘The greatest gift you can have is a good education, one that isn’t strictly professional’
Howard Gardner is a developmental psychologist best-known for this theory of multiple intelligences. He believed that the conventional concept of intelligence was too narrow and restrictive and that measures of IQ often miss out on other "intelligences" that an individual may possess. Gardner's theory had a particular impact in the field of education where it inspired teachers and educators to explore new ways of teaching aimed at these different intelligences. And the only way to show that we've understood something is to take a short-answer test or maybe occasionally with an essay question thrown in. But that's nonsense.
He is currently the senior director of Harvard Project Zero, and since , he has been the co-director of The Good Project. Gardner has written hundreds of research articles  and thirty books that have been translated into more than 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. Gardner retired from teaching in Gardner described himself as "a studious child who gained much pleasure from playing the piano". Education was of the utmost importance in the Gardner home. While his parents had hoped that he would attend Phillips Academy Andover in Massachusetts, Gardner opted to attend a school closer to his hometown in Pennsylvania, Wyoming Seminary.
In a life of multiple pursuits, Howard Gardner has remained a student above all else
Gardner was the son of Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany. He was a studious child who loved to read, and he developed into a gifted pianist. He retained a lifelong passion for music that contributed to his nonunitary conception of human cognitive capacity. His many academic appointments included a professorship of neurology at Boston University School of Medicine — and a professorship of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education —98 , where he was appointed the John H. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education in In Frames of Mind , Gardner faulted earlier, unitary models of intellectual ability, in which intelligence was typically reported as a single IQ intelligence quotient score.
Date May 9, May 10, View all of Experience. Q: Can you tell me about your childhood? A: I grew up in Scranton, Pennsylvania. It was once a booming anthracite coal town, but by the time I was born, in the early s, it was already becoming a depressed area. I had an uneventful childhood; probably the biggest impact came from events that my parents had gone through. Hilde and Ralph were German Jews who grew up early in the 20th century and expected to spend the rest of their lives in Germany.
I want my children to understand the world, but not just because the world is fascinating and the human mind is curious. I want them to understand it so that they will be positioned to make it a better place. Knowledge is not the same as morality, but we need to understand if we are to avoid past mistakes and move in productive directions. An important part of that understanding is knowing who we are and what we can do… Ultimately, we must synthesize our understandings for ourselves. The performance of understanding that try matters are the ones we carry out as human beings in an imperfect world which we can affect for good or for ill. Howard Gardner The theory of multiple intelligences :.