Society is interested in the ways we can determine a person's future by exams and psychology studies of intelligence, aptitudes, and attitudes. Writing in the Kyeongyang magazine an educator with a great deal of experience in the field gives her readers much to think about.
middle school she remembers taking an intelligence test and received a
score of 98. Her classmates received scores over 120. She remembers how
embarrassed she was, but strange as it seems she was the best student
in the class.... She later received consolation hearing the words of an
authority in the field who said that the environment in which a test
is taken makes a difference; that day everybody in the school was in the
large auditorium of the school for the exam.
Up until a
few years ago a person with a high IQ was considered to have a bright
future. However, today we have many other facets of intelligence that
have entered the picture. We have the emotional, spiritual, social, cultural and many other different elements that are as important as the IQ.
mentions that we have three main ways of discovering a person's level
of intelligence: measuring a person's mental ability, secondly a
person's emotional level and thirdly she mentions Howard Gardner's 8
aspects of intelligence: visual/spatial, verbal/linguistic,
logical/mathematical, bodily/kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal,
intrapersonal, and naturalist.
She laments that in
Korea student's marks in school are all that many parents consider
important. Obviously the reason is because of the parent's desire to have
them go on to a good college and little concern to find the student's
aptitude and temperament and work to develop this.
should not be limited to the classical studies in most of our high
schools. There are other possibilities in alternative schools and
colleges with special studies in areas that students show an aptitude.
Parents spend a great deal of money to send their children to academies
to prepare them to get into a good college when in many cases they will
be at the bottom of the class. Much better to prepare them for studies that they
want and will do well.
Gardner added a 9th to
his list which he called the Existential Intelligence. This is also
called the spiritual quotient. What is the meaning of life? What is
death? What is the
meaning of volition? What is happiness? Persons with this capacity are
deeply philosophical. They are emotionally stable, understand others,
are interested in social justice. They aim after high ideals and
values and inspire others to do the same and seek to instruct others of these values.
She concludes her article with the hope that parents will understand that a successful life is one where a person is using their gifts and enjoying what they are doing. Help your children to walk in this way. Parents work is not to earn the money for academies but to know their child and their talents and to help them on the road to their development.