Wit, Grit & Good Values: HGSE’s Critical Conversations & Bold Ideas Campaign

I wanted to provide an overview of some poignant take aways from the Harvard Graduate School of Education launch of Critical Conversations and Bold Ideas Campaign that I attendedHGSE. This session provided eight professors with the opportunity to share their bold ideas to improve education.  Here’s a recap of several of their ideas along with the top videos. I also posted about Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s talk with Professor Monica Higgins and you can view a recap of their discussion here and watch the video as well.
What does it take to succeed in life? According to Howard Gardner – who developed the concepts of multiple intelligences and good work – at today’s “Learn To Change The World” launch at the Harvard Graduate School Of Education, all it takes is wit, grit and good values.

And that’s all it will take for society to change the way it educates all children, to insure that all get a good education.

Howard ended with this Tweet.





Another speaker,  Massachusetts Secretary of Education Paul Reville championed policies that braided social support for families with traditional education.

His methods were so effective that he now champions similar strategies for the entire country as the HGSE Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration.

“Our current urban school systems are outmoded and insufficient to overcome society’s hurdles.”

Reville and HGSE are perfectly poised to create 21st Century models that ensure a better education and future for every child, and consequently a better world for all.

Yet another speaker, HGSE Dean Bridget Terry Long proclaimed that not all educational reform has to blow up a current system to make a big difference.  Long proves this with her work making the federal application for financial aid simpler and more effective for low-income students.

Finally, Thomas Kane spoke on how HGSE is perfectly poised to develop research projects with smart data analysts across the country.  Doing more of this before embarking on poorly researched federal mandates will save society money and create a better education system faster.

Win for our pocketbooks. Win for society.

What Are Your Multiple Intelligence Strengths?

Photo courtesy of Howard Gardner

Thankfully, people have many more types of intelligences than just their IQ. This helps account for humanity’s rich diversity of thoughts, talents and actions. Understanding this allows each individual to not feel pigeon-holed by a single IQ number, but rather to think about, find and nurture their unique strengths instead.

Howard Gardner discovered and made famous the concept of Multiple Intelligences. He just launched multipleintelligencesoasis.org as the official, authoritative site which defines them and provides his recommendations and links to resources for parents, teachers, psychologists, journalists and others who believe in nurturing each individual’s unique MI strengths.

Gardner identifies eight intelligences:

  • Intrapersonal (self knowledge)
  • Interpersonal (social knowledge and skills)
  • Logical Mathematical
  • Naturalist
  • Spatial
  • Bodily-Kinesthetic
  • Linguistic
  • Musical

What are your multiple intelligence strengths? What are your child’s? Understanding and nurturing these strengths will lead to a more satisfying and useful life.

To learn more or take Gardner’s MI test, please click here.

Good Sibling Relationships – A Building Block Of Success

Want a better world?  Nurture a better family.

During our conversation yesterday, Harvard psychologist and professor Howard Gardner declared that one of the most common traits of highly successful individuals is good sibling relationships.

So, if you want to raise a future leader, the best thing you can do is make sure your child knows how to get along with his or her brothers and sisters.

How sweet is this? A win for your family also equals a win for the world.

The Best Answer to Rampant Cheating at Harvard & New Trier

Renowned Harvard Professor & MacArthur Genius, Howard Gardner

My kids tell me that “everyone at New Trier cheats” – except them and their friends, of course. Recently Harvard University disclosed that more than 50% of their students cheated too.

Harvard’s iconic psychologist and educator, Howard Gardner, encourages parents and schools to teach children that the best reason not to cheat is because it’s far better to live in a culture based on truth and trust, than in one in which cheating is the norm.

“Our biggest mistake is that we don’t take enough time to examine—to think about—why it’s not good to live in a society where people cheat.” Gardner explains, “People shouldn’t believe that the worst possible consequence of cheating is getting caught and punished. Rather, they should prefer to live and work in a community where they give each other common respect and avoid cheating because of their regard for others and for the health of the community.”

Learn more about this and developing other forms of excellence in our children: http://makeitbetter.net/family/family-life/4688-howard-gardner-on-truth-and-cheating

Hear Gardner speak on “Truth, Beauty and Goodness Reframed: Educating for the Virtues in the Age of Truthiness and Twitter” this Tuesday, 7:00-9:00 p.m. in New Trier High School Northfield’s Gaffney Auditorium.