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These approaches to education have developed in the wake of Multiple Intelligence Theory, developed by Harvard Graduate Howard Gardener. He challenged the prevailing belief that there was something called 'intelligence' and that this could be objectively measured and reduced to a single number or Intelligence Quota (IQ) score.
Gardener felt that our culture defined intelligence too narrowly claiming the existence of seven basic intelligences.
He sought to broaden the scope of human potential beyond the confines of the IQ score, seriously challenging the validity of determining an individual's intelligence through the practise of doing an IQ test.
Once this broader and more pragmatic perspective was taken, the concept of intelligence began to lose its mystic and became a functional concept that could be seen working in people's (and pupil's) lives in a variety of ways.
Many adults can testify to underachieving or only achieving moderately at school only to find that they excelled in their chosen careers.
The explanation for this (according to Multiple Intelligence Theory) being that the education system as we know it only caters for a narrow intelligence potential and ignores the rest.
Luckily, once children leave school and are exposed to the diverse career opportunities that the world offers they are then able to come into their own.
Forres Preparatory School is a progressive, co-educational school housed in the heart of
Rondebosch, Cape Town. We are committed to providing a balanced & dynamic education for every child,
with the belief that children are unique and that individual minds learn differently. The Forres Family is
made up of a team of passionate teachers, supportive parents and children who love their school. Forres
children thrive in this challenging, yet nurturing environment.
- Kim van der Hoven, Director of Forres