Is the concept of Intelligence bias to just mathematical and linguistic intelligence? IQ tests only seem to measure these concepts. What about the concepts of spatial, intrapersonal, interpersonal, bodily-kinesthetic, naturalistic, and musical intelligence. Howard Garnder argues there are multiple intelligences and that the modern concept of IQ does not cater to all kinds of people.
I agree with this theory because I lack arithmetic and linguistic intelligence as a strength. Especially mathematic intelligence. Is it really justified to only accept mathematics and linguistic savvy people as intelligent? If that was the case then I would be deemed unintelligent.
Yet you often hear things such as Freddie Mercury was a musical genius! Freddie was never quite too savvy with math but was very fluid with his musical talent. A mathematician could not be guaranteed to play an instrument fluidly.
Is this stigma possibly harmful?
Public schools often stress English and math more as a subject. The first things to be cut in budget cuts are the music program and the art program because it is seen as “unnecessary.” Yet some people will make a living off these “unnecessary” topics. Musicians often are stigmatized as lazy and not hard working. Yet it is obvious the skill requires a specific intelligence. It seems as if a person has to be obviously successful in a field of arts or music in order to be seen as intelligent and appreciated.
We have covered recently in class that intelligence is a concept of being able to adapt, succeed, and improvise. With this in mind, any skill can have intelligence applied to it.