What was interesting to me is that Gardner did not honor the traditional method of research and analysis of data.
“Gardner’s approach is also radical in that he does not defend his theory with quantitative data. He draws on findings from anthropology to zoology in his narrative., but, in a field that has been intensely quantitative since its inception, Gardner’s work is uniquely devoid of psychometric or other quantitative evidence.” page 18What that means is there is no evidence for his theory. It is true because he likes the idea. The dangerous part of this is that education now thinks this way. The standards and techniques that are in control of education are based on what the elite wants to be considered. It is kind of like Family Feud research. If you have watched the program, the right answers are determined by a random group of people giving a response. It is accurate for those people that day but it is not scientific.
So when someone tells you how smart their child is you need to understand that they may be talking about the kid’s ability to throw tantrums, not his ability to write an essay.
Herrnstein, Richard J. and Murray, Charles. The Bell Curve. New York: The Free Press, 1994.
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