WCWP 10B: Genius
TA: Taylor Wyatt
3C 04 Mar. 10
In the San Diego school district a new charter school will be opened which will have a curriculum that is specializing in the subjects of mathematics and science. This new charter school will be part of the public school system meaning there is no tuition charge but there is limited spacing and I, as the school’s administrator must determine who will be admitted based on various criteria. A proposal was made in order to utilize an intelligence test similar to the IQ test as the primary basis for admission to the school. As the administrator for this new charter school I am against the proposal of using the intelligence test as the primary basis for admissions. Rather than having one critique as the most important basis, as stated earlier there will be several criteria which will be used. These students will be tested on their intelligence in mathematics and science, how much potential they show, their personality, behavior, work ethics, academic history and their milieu will each play a role in deciding for admission.
There are various points of views about the term intelligences. The majority of people think there is simply one type of intelligence but they are wrong. According to Howard Gardner “it is misleading to think of humans as possessing but a single intellectual capacity…it makes more sense to conceptualize human beings as having several relatively autonomous mental faculties” in other words humans have various types of intelligences not just one (140). So the question here is how can we determine as someone having intelligence in mathematics and science? Intelligence for math and science is the ability to be able to grasp the understanding of the concept to a level which is considered high for a certain age. The definition that will be used for this new school is “the ability to learn facts and skills and apply them, especially when this ability is highly developed”, according to the...