During your own education, how has your “intelligence” been assessed?
Through achievement and standardized tests. I remember achieving a 97% score on the National Achievement Test back in high school. I did not get to be assessed through tests mentioned in Ms. Gray’s blog but my daughter did just a few months ago. It was devastating for a mother to see her child assessed like that. Ms. Gray’s concerns on the reliability, validity and stability of these tests made me smile a little though. My daughter could have been culturally disadvantaged and the environment may have not been conducive for the test I realize.
How has this affected the educational opportunities you have been given?
I graduated Cum Laude and I believe this gave me an opportunity to be hired immediately and be given a supervisory position right away. I easily get opportunities for free further studies with the companies I worked for and naturally, I did not let them down. I graduate from the courses with distinction all the time.
As for my daughter, she adapts in school fairly but I chose to homeschool her this year (and beyond, I hope). Knowing more about learning and how it happens made me decide to do it. Her unique abilities inspired me to give this extraordinary educational opportunity.
What judgments have people made about you that have been affected by an assessment of your “intelligence”?
I was marked the intelligent one, the studious one, the dean’s lister, the achiever. But now I realize that’s not all what it takes to succeed. I know so many people who did not achieve well academically (book smarts) but were able to breeze through promotions in the corporate setting or succeed in their own businesses just because they were street smart. This could explain Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence Theory where one may not be good linguistically but exceptional logically.
Do you consider yourself to be a “learner”? why?
Absolutely I am. I love learning. I have a passion for books, for learning new things, for knowing more. But I have to categorically say that I only love learning what I interests me. Some love to learn anything! I don’t think I’m not in that level, YET.