Developing AND Finding Intelligence

This picture was shared on Facebook and I thought it was extremely powerful:


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To be honest, I have no idea the validity of the post or if it is from where it says it is from. To me, the message is what we need to focus on.

I have stopped saying “our most intelligent students”, and have replaced it with “our most academically intelligent students”.  It is a subtle change but it is important to differentiate.

This image provoked a lot of questions…

So many of our students walk out of high school not knowing what they want to do with their lives. In some way, is this because we share only a few things that we deem important?

A trend I have noticed in schools lately is that many teachers have where they went to university outside of their classroom door.  The thinking here is that this will also inspire their students to also want to go to university.  But what if you don’t see yourself in that space?  Would that actually demotivate students?  What would the difference be if teachers put up on their walls what they loved outside of “education”, and what they were most passionate about, for students to see?  I don’t think that it would deter any student from going to university, but I do think it would make the environment more open to helping students that seeing “intelligence” is not just about school.

What if schools were not only about developing intelligence, but helping students find their intelligence in a multitude of areas?  Would this not only be better for education, but society as a whole?

We have to stop looking at what school was, and start thinking about what school could be.  Images and messages like this can do a lot to start these conversations.

Source: George Couros