Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Your Intelligent Child....

Do you believe musicians such as A.R.Rahman or Zakir Hussain are intelligent folks?

How about a sportsperson like Sachin Tendulkar or a superstar like Amitabh Bachhan?

An artist like M.F. Hussian, an author like R.K.Narayan or a cartoonist like R.K. Lakshman?

What about a businessman like Dhirubhai Ambani or a software professional like Narayan Murthy?

And to name some international personalities, how about Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, J.K. Rowling, Yanni, Enid Blyton, Shakespeare and countless others?

Though all these people are from different backgrounds, can one say that any one of them is or was not intelligent? Or that any of them is or was less intelligent?

Do you think intelligence is restricted to any specific domain? Is it limited to studies and sports? Or high grades and academic distinctions?

Intelligence has neither boundaries nor narrow definitions. It is not restricted to a lucky few. It is something that exists in all, in different forms. It is more active in some folks, while it lies latent in others. It is something that can be developed by one and all, including your child.  

In fact, as per Howard Gardener’s theory, multiple intelligences exist in all human beings, with some intelligences being dominant over the others. The intelligences as classified by the theory are as follows-

  1. Math Logical Intelligence- Related to logic and numbers.
  2. Linguistic Intelligence- Related to words and their usage.
  3. Visual Spatial Intelligence- Related to sight, dimensions and all that is visual. 
  4. Musical Intelligence- Related to rhythm, songs and music of any kind. 
  5. Bodily Kinaesthetic Intelligence- Related to sports, dance, drama and movement of any kind.
  6. Interpersonal Intelligence- Related to interactions with others and team dynamics.
  7. Intrapersonal Intelligence-Related to self, understanding of self, self introspection and reflection.
  8. Naturalistic Intelligence- Related to all that is to be found in nature or connected to it. 

Food for thought- Keeping in mind the number of people who have been successful outside the conventional definition of success (read academic achievement), how can we define intelligence?

It is time to redefine intelligence.
It is time to recognise intelligence, especially in children.

When recognised at a tender age, it gets wonderful opportunities for development.

And who knows, your child just might be one of the most intelligent musicians, sports persons, authors or business tycoons of the millennium!

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