The Most Influential Educator Visits Inventure Academy

Think Intelligence – Think Dr. Gardner! On day 5 of his India Tour 2012, Dr. Howard Gardner, one of the most influential educators in the world today, visited Inventure Academy, Bangalore – a Pre K-12 school that derives its philosophy and vision from the tenets of Multiple Intelligences, as expounded by Dr. Gardner.
Dr. Gardner had the opportunity to observe classes in session, which are designed on the thematic approach to teaching. A unique and brief presentation was made of the school’s signature event – Multiple Intelligences Xplored [M.I.X], which emphasizes the fact that children learn in multifarious ways and must be encouraged to use their varied strengths. After interacting with the students, Dr. Gardner had this to say: “I feel privileged to be at Inventure. Both the children and their families are well served by the school as it takes each individual seriously, encourages them to explore a range of interests and abilities, and trusts young individuals to make decisions about projects and contributions they can make to the society.”
Dr. Howard Gardner spoke on Understanding the Importance of Multiple Intelligences in the 21st century. The talk addressed an audience of faculty and some select guests at the school campus, and was streamed live online to all the parents of the school. Dr. Gardner said that he was inspired to work on the theory of MI when he started questioning the popular presumption that intelligence is a single entity, and that people could only be either smart about everything or stupid about everything. He said that the specialty of a school such as Inventure is that it has a democratic approach in providing opportunities to all students. However, he did emphasize that education should not be just about improving oneself but about social upliftment too. In this regard, he was impressed with the quality and number of outreach initiatives at Inventure Academy.
The talk then led to a Q&A session. When asked how it is possible to scale the findings of the MI theory and apply it in the Indian context, he said that what is required is a change of mind and a different way of thinking, and not a lot of money or resources. Another question was – “What characterizes a good teacher?” He replied, “A willingness to learn, to make mistakes and learn from those mistakes.” On what advice he would give to high school teachers who lay stress on text book learning, he said that while preparing students for tests is inevitable, one must guard against covering too much material for superficial scores and short term achievement. What is more important is for students to be involved in projects that have real world relevance and lead to authentic learning.
 On the experience of having Dr. Gardner at Inventure Academy, Ms. Nooraine Fazal, Co-Founder and Managing Trustee said, “It was brilliant to have the father, the “messiah” of M.I. validate Inventure’s approach. Our goal is to equip students to make independent choices and excel in their chosen fields, and to empower them to contribute to society as productive citizens.”
Ms. Anju Maudgal Kadam, a parent of the school shared her views on the experience, “The founder of the theory of Multiple Intelligences endorses what every parent knows in their heart. EACH child is SPECIAL. Inventure Academy, Kudos!”

Mrs. Pritam Benjamin, a member of the school’s Board of Advisors, expressed her feelings: “A moment worth waiting for…it felt like a moment, profound in its simplicity and wisdom!”