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Is this how to give every child a chance?

As arguments rage over whether exams have been dumbed down and now should be made more rigorous, perhaps all the supposed educational experts are missing a trick. Obviously, not all children are equal academically and not all those who are will perform well in exams which tend to depend on having a good short-term memory. But maybe our educational system is not geared up to identify what each child is good at.

The diagram below is based on work by a psychologist who proposed that there are eight types of intelligence. All are equally valid. Instead of judging our children on a few quite narrow criteria, if they were all evaluated against these eight types of intelligence, perhaps we would be better at identifying their real talents and how these should be developed? Then  every child could be helped to reach their full potential. Just a thought.

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