Howard Gardner

"If you asked me should people be studying physics, or chemistry or biology or geology in high school, I would say it doesn't make the slightest bit of difference. They should study some topics, of course, but the choice is wide open � I'm interested in depth, not breadth. I'm not talking about college education; I'm just taking on K to 12. What I want when kids get through a K to 12 education is for them to have a sense of what their society thinks is true, beautiful and good; false, ugly and evil; how to think about it and how to act on the basis of your thoughts."

HOWARD GARDNER is the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He also holds positions as Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, Adjunct Professor of Neurology at the Boston University School of Medicine, and Senior Director of Harvard Project Zero. Among numerous honors, Gardner received a MacArthur Prize Fellowship in 1981. In 1990, he was the first American to receive the University of Louisville's Grawemeyer Award in Education and in 2000 he received a Fellowship from the John S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

His numerous books include Leading Minds; Frames of Mind; The Mind's New Science: A History of the Cognitive Revolution; To Open Minds;Multiple Intelligences; Extraordinary Minds: Portraits of Four Exceptional Individuals; and Changing Minds: The Art and Science of Changing our Own And other People's Minds.

Further reading on Edge: "Truth, Beauty, and Goodness: Education for All Human Beings"

Beyond Edge: Howard Gardner's Home Page