The “Tall Poppy Syndrome”, the Multiple Intelligences theory and the Learning Styles
- Created By Maria Dumitrescu
- Last Updated July 16th, 2022
“If relativity is proved right, the Germans will call me a German, the Swiss will call me a Swiss citizen, and the French will call me a great scientist. If relativity is proved wrong, the French will call me a Swiss, the Swiss will call me a German, and the Germans will call me a Jew.” A powerful Albert Einstein quote as he was introducing his relativity theory to the scientific community and that hinted at his success perceived from the perspective of his heritage and nationality and not his true scientific ability.
Unfortunately, more than a century later, the attitude regarding people with above average qualities or higher native intelligence is still the same. More than that, this attitude has bled into the way learners are assessed and in the way educational systems perceive “gifted” learners.
Based on research done by pioneers in the instructional and educational fields like Maria Montessori, John Dewey, David Kolb, Neil Fleming and Howard Gardner, who have promoted “integrated” teaching and learning, still relentlessly contested by those who support the “tall poppy” perspective, you will learn that the “tall poppy syndrome” is not some herbal illness but an ignorant and destructive way of leveling us up, placing us in Procustes’ bed to make us all uniform and consequently mediocre.
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