Multiple Intelligence: The Missing Link In Accelerated Learning
The new economy requires new modes of learning.
Alvin Toffler said, “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
Experts have evaluated past trends in learning and are dismayed to find out that schools are focusing on the same old things. As a result, we get average or worse results. New challenges have long overtaken educational systems such that we now encounter a backlog of unresolved concerns.
The reason behind the shortfall is traced to the limited understanding of what learning is all about. Learning used to be seen as an academic exercise.
Intelligence was based on mental abilities in Language, Mathematics, Science, and other academic subjects. The focus was on academics, which proved to be insufficient to produce effective change in a global scale.
Experts tried to find the ‘missing link’ to effective learning. This is where multiple intelligence came into the picture. It is now believed that learning can be accelerated with a broad base of intelligence.
Learning is no longer confined to academics, but has expanded to include music, art, body kinetics, and interpersonal abilities. Other capabilities are now recognized. The opportunity for learning has been greatly democratized and broadened.
This development provided the much-needed emphasis on accelerated learning. Intelligence is redefined as more mental skills are recognized and more fields become specialized. Nowadays, schools utilize both traditional and non-traditional modes of teaching.
Hence, an excellent athlete is now considered intelligent. The same is true for a skillful guitarist and a good chef. They may not be good in Algebra or Physics, but they are considered intelligent in their own respective fields. Moreover, these new fields now have the chance to develop meriting degrees and professional titles.
Along with multiple intelligence is the idea of integration. To further accelerate learning, studies in the various fields ought to be related and integrated. For instance, lessons in Language, Mathematics, and Values Education should find relationship with each other.
Correct grammar and good comprehension must be used in mathematical problem solving and Values training. Language ought to consider good morals in its lessons, as well as correct number figures. In this way, learning is not only accelerated, but also enhanced. It becomes real in everyday life.
It is ironic that man has already landed on the moon while millions remain illiterate and millions more are barely coping up with life. The dire need for accelerated learning remains an issue.
Concepts such as accelerated learning, multiple intelligence, and integration certainly provide a ray of hope for those seeking to have the competitive edge.