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Is the child who is skilled with numbers smarter? Perhaps the one who calculates the fastest? Is he smarter who learns to read earlier? Or the one that memorizes all the countries of the world? What's more, can intelligence be measured?
Until now, we thought that the result of measuring intelligence was called IQ. However, this is not the case. There are parameters that IQ is unable to measure. For example, creativity and the ability to adapt to the environment.
To this day, the IQ is a measure of a child's intelligence. And it does so through a series of mathematical algorithms and a series of logic questions. However, they do not measure other essential life skills, such as the ability to adapt to the environment or creativity.
Perhaps the IQ of Lewis Carrol will not reach 140, nor will Mozart. However, they were geniuses. This has made scientists reconsider the term intelligence. Who is the smartest kid? The one who knows how to solve an equation with ease? Or the one who is able to find a creative answer? The one who gets good grades in all subjects? Or the one who is able to find a solution to an unexpected change in a statement? That is to say, intelligence is adaptation. Something, which by the way, Darwin had already said in his day. Intelligence is the ability to adapt to the environment.
But ... If this is so, if creativity is also decisive for intelligence, how is it measured? To this day, no scientist has been able to measure talent.
Psychologists such as Robert J. Sternberg or Howard Gardner, bet on going deeper into the 'practical intelligence'. That is, that intelligence outside the parameters of the amount of knowledge you have, but of the capabilities you can develop. A child may know a lot about geography or science, but his classmate, who sometimes forgets the names of rivers, is imaginative, creative, with a great gift of empathy, able to navigate without problems and also has a disturbing power of oratory. Who is the smarter the two?
So, to be smart, you no longer need to become a renowned mathematician or an aerospace telecommunications marvel. Your child, who wants to be a dancer, writer, doctor or teacher, who passes the course with a good dose of mischief to avoid suspense, who proves to be creative and get excited and excite the rest, your child, may be the smartest in the class . Even if I don't get excellent grades.
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