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5 different minds for the future (Howard Gardner)

The Disciplinary Mind: the mastery of major schools of thought, including science, mathematics, and history, and of at least one professional craft.
The Synthesizing Mind: the ability to integrate ideas from different disciplines or spheres into a coherent whole and to communicate that integration to others.
The Creating Mind: the capacity to uncover and clarify new problems, questions, and phenomena.
The Respectful Mind: awareness of and appreciation for differences among human beings and human groups.
The Ethical Mind: fulfillment of one’s responsibilities as a worker and as a citizen.

Educating students out of creativity (Sir Ken Robinson)

These two videos are very interesting to watch. Ken Robinson probably should be a comedian rather than an academic. He is all for creativity in education. He thinks education did not changed for a very long time and the current education model is a factory model (designed to serve capitalism) that kills creativity, therefore unfit for the future.

Howard Gardner talks about 5 kinds of minds including the disciplinary mind and the creative mind. He thinks learning a discipline (subject area) takes a longg time. He mentions that creativity is the ability to think outside the box but one has to have the box to start with. This implies you need to learn the fundamentals first before you can be creative (finding new things).

Some questions to think about.

Who is right? or both are right?

Creativity first or getting the fundamentals first? Or one can be creative and getting the fundamentals at the same time?

What are happening in Australian pubic schools, Catholic schools and top independent (private) schools?

What you do choose? The fundamentals first then creativity or the other way around? Or both at the same time?

How do these ideas relate to the fact that students from LBOTE (Language Background Other Than English) are over-represented in public selective schools and top classes at independent schools in Sydney (and other capital cities)?

More interesting stuff

Howard Gardner on the multiple intelligence theory

Have a laugh with this satirical article.

Who was the last non-gifted white child born in 1962 in Reseda, CA?

This is a question of inference type which is the main question type in the English component that students face in NSW selective tests and scholarship tests.

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