Wednesday, September 30, 2009


I watched Joy Behar's new show Tuesday night on HLN to check it out. Janeane Garofalo was on with Bey Buchanan during a segment. Joy said that she thought Democrats were smater and better educated than Republicans. Janeane disagreed with her and said she thought it had to do with emotional intelligence instead. So do I. That's why we can't understand how many of them are not compassionate and empathetic. I think this is a generalization that accounts for major differences in how we look at and process situations. The disconnect that bothers me so much comes from low emotional intelligence.

Tips for developing emotional intelligence HERE from this website on EI.

is a test, but there are others and information online.

Howard Gardner has done work on multiple intelligences. When I was teaching gifted students, we addressed those and planned our curriculum to include them. I won't get into a rant about No Child Left Behind and all this emphasis on test scores and how children aren't taught critical and creative thinking. I'll save this for another post but do want to say how wonderful it was to teach when I could really teach and watch them blossom. I have friends still teaching who are so frustrated because of bureaucratic demands that keep them from teaching.

Back to Gardner
. We need to teach the whole child and help children develop their abilities and strengthen weaknesses. It takes three components for them to be successful in school: parents, the student, and teachers. Our goal as parents and teachers is for our children and students to become independent, productive members of society. I hope they will be able to make informed decisions based on facts and compassion.


frogponder said...

I wonder what is next in education? Not sure if I should fear it or look forward to it.

David Dust said...

I have never heard of Emotional Intelligence before ... very interesting.

I tried doing the test - but it was taking forever and I didn't finish...

"What emotion(s) was David feeling when taking the 106 Question test?

a. Impatience
b. Hunger
c. He had to pee
d. All of the above

Answer: D

Love You! Love your Emotional Intelligence!!!


Joy said...

Perfect, David! I felt like that, too. I'll try to find a shorter test.

You can be sure there will be more changes, FP. I've seen so many trends come and go.

Beth said...

I agree--there are plenty of Republicans who are highly intelligent. To say that they aren't is ridiculous and couching things in simplistic terms--and we all hate that, don't we?

I think there is an element of compassion that comes in...instead of saying "people need to pull themselves up by their bootstraps," I think most of us realize that there is more to it than that. Some people have better opportunities than others, and we need to make sure that everyone has those opportunities and the chance to break out of whatever bad circumstances they might be in. Is there an element of personal responsibility? Absolutely. But you can't just write people off and say that if they really wanted to do better, they would. That is unfair and unrealistic.

Shutting up now. :) Hugs, Beth

Joy said...

Carry on as much as you want to, Beth. You express yourself so well! Thanks!

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lelocolon said...

125 out of 155, I said not bad considering that I can get testy at times. Loved the Test. I mean some of the pictures I do not know. Like the one of the couple, didn't he look like he was king of perverting on her? A mean why was he so pushy? Ah maybe he was too excited? I agree with you, education has become a big business, however one of the good things if anything the only good thing about no child left behind is that made me more competitive in my field and more alert to new trends, Hence my smart board which I adore. I am constantly trying to learn new things for my kiddies to love to want to come to art.

#Debi said...

A lot comes from how one defines compassion. Is it more compassionate to give a man a fish and make him dependent on you for more fish, or is it more compassionate to teach a man to fish, then allow him the freedom to fish as much as he likes, in any pond that he chooses? Many of the 'social programs' that liberals (I won't get into R vs. D) see as compassionate, like generational welfare, are actually tools to enslaving people who might otherwise become productive citizens, if we just have the faith in them to allow them to flourish.