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Question Your Intelligence

Posted in Children, Creativity, Education, General, Innovation, New Cards, One minute unlearning, Questions, See What Isn't There, The Way We See the Problem

Pic-sm-intelligence I have just started reading Ken Robinson's excellent book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything. In it, Robinson discusses the many deficiencies of so-called intelligence tests such as the IQ test and the SAT. Primary among these standardized tests' shortcomings is the fact that they only test for a very narrow range of intelligence.

To overcome the limitations of these tests, Robinson suggests changing the question of "How intelligent are you?" (which many people believe these tests measure) to "How are you intelligent?"

The difference is not insignificant. The former question assumes a sort of static or fixed view of intelligence, the latter is more encompassing and gives people permission to disabuse themselves of the idea that just because they may not have scored well on standardized tests in school that they aren't creative and intelligent individuals.

So my question to you is: How are you intelligent?

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