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As Bad as They Say?Three Decades of Teaching in the Bronx$
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Janet Grossbach Mayer

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780823234165

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823234165.001.0001

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Multiple Intelligences: A Digression

Multiple Intelligences: A Digression

(p.78) 9 Multiple Intelligences: A Digression
As Bad as They Say?

Janet Grossbach Mayer

Fordham University Press

This chapter briefly introduces the multiple intelligences theory, with an apology to Professor Howard Gardner for its brevity. Professor Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences was described in his groundbreaking, provocative, life-affirming, life-altering books: Frames of Mind, and Multiple Intelligences: The Theory in Practice. Professor Gardner identified seven intelligences in his 1993 book and added an eighth intelligence in 1995. Many urban and rural students across the country are either failing the standardized tests or devoting most of their school day and time to passing these tests. In New York City, students are left back by the thousands, often two or more times, because they fail to meet the standards. This shows that not only are they failing to narrow the achievement gap, but in their obsession with these standardized tests, covering only linguistic skills and logical-mathematical skills, they are grossly overlooking, neglecting, and even abandoning most of the other intelligences.

Keywords:   multiple intelligences theory, Howard Gardner, Frames of Mind, standardized tests, New York City, achievement gap, linguistic skills, logical-mathematical skills, intelligences

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