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Trustees: Can They Transcend Transactionality?

by Sophie Blumert In our national study of higher education, we interviewed approximately 2000 participants who we considered major stakeholders in the undergraduate experience. To this point much of our analysis and reporting has focused on constituencies on campus: students, faculty, and administrators. We believed it was important to have a wide variety of voices […]

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The Intelligences of Making Music: A Personal Exploration

From an early age, music has been very important in my life. After picking out tunes on a neighbor’s piano, I began to study piano formally when I was barely seven years old; and by the time that I was 12, I was already quite accomplished. At that point, I had to decide whether to […]

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The Costs of Meritocracy: Two Destructive Forms of Being “Smart”

by Howard Gardner  (with comment by Michael Sandel) Michael Sandel, highly esteemed political philosopher at Harvard, has written The Tyranny of Meritocracy—a powerful indictment of contemporary society—especially the versions in the United States and England. In this provocative book , Sandel reflects at length about the importance nowadays of being ‘smart’.  As one who has […]

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Gardner Receives Brock International Prize

Howard Gardner has been named as the 2015 recipient of the Brock International Prize in Education. An annual award given to individuals who have made a significant contribution to the practice or understanding of education, Gardner will be honored at the Brock Prize Symposium in March 2015 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Gardner is best known for […]

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Students React to “The App Generation”

At the start of the 2014 school year, Marty Schmidt, a teacher at the Hong Kong International School, introduced his students to Katie Davis and Howard Gardner’s book The App Generation in his junior-senior elective course “Service, Society, and the Sacred.” Schmidt asked students to read particular sections of the book and to reflect on […]

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