Leaders watch US education falling behind globally, and mistakenly call for far much more math and science. On first glance, hard science focus may make sense, expect for dangerous imbalance to human brains and achievement. How so?
Learners, equipped with a full range of multiple intelligences, use their unique mix of capabilities to create, process, invent, and apply new systems or improve old results. Einstein, for instance, showed why advances cannot be accomplished by more math or science alone. He added imagination at the peaks!
Without a wider range of intellectual pursuits, we can easily leave out ethics that prevents science from bombing babies or math from maiming kids. Learners who lack tone tools cannot expand insights into collaborative enterprises, or avoid bullying in the workplace. Learners who lose intelligence in other areas through lack of use and development, will no longer benefit from math or science alone. How so?
People will miss out on inspiration for scientific change through lack of literature. Rather than more math and science, let’s add to brainpower by transforming lectures into dynamic learning opportunities with visible outcomes. Without wider development of mental skills, leaders who languish will give up rather than build on mistakes with stronger introspective capabilities. People will fail to learn how to create calm under pressure, or to value music that builds mental acumen.
Rather than more science and math, let’s instead stoke brainpower for using all intelligences. Only then can we expect neuron pathways to dynamic solutions. It can be done, and at the same time we can reconfigure broken learning systems which were crafted for another era.
More math and science – yes! Less arts and humanities – no! A different way of doing both – absolutely! What do you think?