Howard Gardner - Future Minds

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In this lecture series, filmed at the RSA in London, Harvard professor Howard Gardener examines the mental capacities needed for the future in a globalised world.

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The kinds of minds he suggests should be cultivated are three cognitive ones: the disciplined mind, the synthesizing mind and the creating mind, and two that deal with the human sphere: the respectful mind and the ethical mind. Gardener discusses how these can be best nurtured, and points out some of the inevitable tensions created between them.

After the lecture a group of teachers discuss how these ideas are used in practice in the classroom today.


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      On "Five Minds for the Future"--What applicable ideals!
      31 January 2008 - 22:13

      Gardner's book reminds us of the ideals that higher education needs to bring back and foster. It's inspiring and refreshing to see these 5 idealistic qualities of the mind emphasized .

      I feel in his Disciplined Mind, Gardner stresses a mind that is knowledgeable through consistent focused learning and training in a discipline. In his Synthesizing Mind, he stresses a mind that is cable of organizing and connecting the most relevant info. In his Creating Mind, he stresses a positively productive mind (different from non-productive fantasy or imagination), a mind capable of creating new products and new ideas/ways to improve things.

      Still, Gardner's Respecting Mind and Ethical Mind that stress moral values and professional responsibilities are of the utmost importance. These two are what we all know well but often neglect. Indeed, if we are willing to respect people different from us, we would want to understand them and learn from them, way beyond tolerating them. If we all have a strong moral and professional conscience, we would want to do "Good Work" and contribute to the global peace and prosperity. As we all know, the value of 'respect' is a universal ideal: embodied in The Golden Rule in the west and in Confucianism in the east for thousands of years.

      Gardner's book gives good people hope.