Different types of intelligence?
My response to:
Your education doesn’t define who you are or where you’re going
Published on May 25, 2017
By Alexandra Galviz
Serial giver | Kindred content spirit | Gentle millennial warrior | Wisdom whisperer
Let me say that it is good that you overcame so adversity but this does not mean all others need to try.
Alexandra Galviz stated, “To say I’ve had a bumpy ride in education is a pretty huge understatement. When I was about ten, every young person changes schools and goes from a Primary school to a Secondary school. I had sat and taken a bunch of entry exams (awful at exams, total nervous wreck) across London and during the summer I spent my time at a summer camp in France with some family friends [removed an extra ‘friends’]. When my mother came to pick me up she told me that unfortunately I had not gotten into any secondary schools bar one that had a history of violence. In the UK we have a serious issue with this transition, which to this day is always a bit of a shambles and we end up with a shortage of school places for the number of kids there are. With limited options, we jointly decided that the best option out of a pretty terrible situation was to keep me at the school where I was doing a summer camp.”
Do you mean to tell me that you must pass some entrance exam in order to get into a high school?
Alexandra Galviz wrote, “At ten I could only muster a “Bonjour” and a “Je m’apelle Alex” so you can imagine the reaction of the Head teacher when my mother was making her case for me to enroll. She had managed to negotiate that if within three months I couldn’t speak a word of French she’d pull me out. The next obstacle was the logistics, where would I live? Whilst the plan was never for me to permanently live with the family I spent the summer with, the reality of French paperwork and my mother not speaking a word of French meant it was the better option. So I spent a year away from my family, visiting home on the school holidays. Within the month I was speaking fluent French, don’t ask me how, brains are meant to be sponges to languages at that age. There were days were it was the best experience of my life and days where I felt tremendously homesick.”
Apparently, you could speak some French before you started. If you could tell them your name and say good day, then you spoke some French.
Alexandra Galviz posited, “Fast forward the year and I found myself back home in London joining a school in a rough part of town but it was a better option than being thousands of miles away, or so I thought. I’d come back from France with discipline and dedication, which in kids terms was ‘teachers pet’ and I was of an ‘introvert’ nature which translated as ‘weird’ to my peers, neither of which were going to do me any favours as the new kid on the block. I was severely bullied (verbally mainly) for almost two years. The only way I made it through that year was an accident and a salvation really. At twelve I was already writing and my mother had found my diary where I penned my thoughts. After a doctor’s visit for severe backache the whole story had unraveled and he recommended I get pulled out immediately for my own sanity and safety.”
It is less than 500 miles from London to Paris by car and even less by air.
I, too, had it a little rough. We moved around a lot. I went to 5 different Elementary Schools (6 if you count the same one twice) in 3 different states. 3 in one city alone or 4 if you count one twice. I had two Elementary Schools in 6th grade and one in 7th grade. So, I graduated from 2 different Elementary schools in two different states. I always felt that I was the new kid on the block.
Alexandra Galviz declared, “Unfortunately when the above happened it was when a new law came into play that every child not in school for an extended period of time, meant that your parents could be prosecuted and sent to jail. There I was back in school and this time in more danger than ever. A staff member shadowed me for weeks and when the school witnessed that my life was actually in danger, I eventually got pulled out permanently. For the next couple of months I was home schooled and it took the involvement of the local authorities to secure a space in yet another school, albeit with mutual friends of my not so good friends in the previous school. I kept my head down and tried to catch up as much as possible, I went to school in the day to learn the current curriculum and after school the teachers would teach me the curriculum for the year before I’d missed. Their dedication to teaching me out of school hours is something I will never forget.”
Alexandra Galviz wrote, “I learnt the hard way that our education system is flawed because it strongly caters for a certain type of learner and so is the recruitment of a large number of companies that set high entry requirements but I accepted that and moved on. Instead of focusing on my low grades, I pushed myself to get work experience. Instead of worrying about how my CV looked, I honed in my soft skills and my people skills through part-time retail jobs and internships in business. Instead of being down because I’d struggle to get into the better known corporations that restricted my entry, I’d focus on the smaller ones that would then go onto teach me so much more than a large corporate would. What you’ll notice is the more experienced you get, the value of your degree will lessen. People will slowly stop asking you where did you go to university, what did you study and almost nobody asks you what grade you got.”
They cater to scholars, yes. Is that wrong? Track teams cater towards people that can run fast or athletes. Is that wrong? So, I do not call it cater. Education is for those that can learn and so is college. It is called scholarship. You are not owed a college degree, nor a high school diploma either.
Alexandra Galviz put forth, “Your grades are not the be all and end all, there is even proof that actually those with lower grades go onto to do better. I have found that through my unusual experiences of living in a country where I didn’t know the language, as well as keeping myself out of harms way at that really unpleasent school I built a whole set of life skills that no university degree or book could teach me. Those moments turned into an exercise of resilience, emotional intelligence, social intelligence and cultural intelligence that in the boardroom and corporate world was key and valuable.”
Those with lower grades may be more liked and therefore, even though less qualified, may get promoted over smarter people. This is what is not right. I would want smart people leading the way. I was told by my academic advisor that college was just to see how trainable you are and that the company that hires you would train you on what they wanted you to do.
The boardroom may need these skills but I am not sure that STEM people need any of them. They need IQ.
Ah yes the nerds being snubbed again. The need for inclusion or make most people feel better is why these new so-called intelligences came into being.
Alexandra Galviz stated, “The qualities that leaders in the study called personality were actually emotional intelligence skills. And unlike your personality, which is set in stone, you can change and improve your EQ.” << https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2015/10/10-emotional-intelligence-skills-that-successful-people-have/>>.
According the Myers-Briggs personality types, people have these ‘skills’ in varying degrees and strengths of preferences. So, this is a personality trait. I agree that they are not set in stone but the preferences are. In other words, one can modify a ‘skill’ to adapt to a new job, but one may never feel comfortable about it.
This so-called intelligence and IQ are not necessarily mutually exclusive.
Social Intelligence: “It is more commonly referred to as “tact,” “common sense,” or “street smarts.”” << https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/cutting-edge-leadership/201407/what-is-social-intelligence-why-does-it-matter>>
Leadership should be done by those with uncommon sense or better than average sense or better than common sense.
Cultural Intelligence: is understanding about people from other cultures. This can be called people persons. This can be helpful if it is a part of your to deal with these people. But not all people need this either. Most will not need it at all.
Intelligence, at its foundational level can be defined as the ability to recognize patterns. These can be patterns in cultures, history, language, music, mathematics, etc. So, the ability to recognize patterns is what is important. IQs test this ability. Personality traits put them to use.
But a truly high IQ can learn to do most these of things, or more than most others.
Alexandra Galviz submitted, “Time and time again I see the levels of stress and emotional impact that this has on students and it pains me. We’re seeing an ever increasing number of students even dropping out of university due to mental health. All I want to say is, hang in there, it’s actually not the end of the world and it isn’t because out there, there will be a company that wants the misfits, the average grades and those that have suffered adversity at a young age because those tend to be the people that are hungry to learn, eager for success, full of grit and those that will try and change the world.”
Maybe these students should not have been there in the first place. Imagine the stress of pole vaulting and not being able to do it well but wanting to make the Olympic team in that event. If you can see that not competing in pole vaulting is good, if you cannot do it well then how come one cannot see that some should not be going to college if they are not a natural scholar – have a high IQ?
A good manager is one that surrounds him or herself with geniuses but this does not preclude the manager him or herself also being a genius. Natural learners also have desire to learn (maybe it is the only thing that they do well), want success probably even more than the normal person (may have a harder time with failure than most). Being thought of as incompetent is the ultimate put down for those with the high IQs. Changing the world is more a political thing, a progressive/socialistic thing. Conservatives do not mind the status quo. Smart people are ostracized from the beginning, until the day they die.
I do not know about Great Britain but I believe that the US has far too many college graduates, especially for the jobs we have. This college glut goes for the two largest countries of China and India, as well.