IN PRAISE OF THE ORDINARY CHILD

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By Jeffrey Luger in TIME Magazine, Aug. 3, 2015

The kids are paying the price for parents’ delusions.

 We cheat ourselves, and, worse, we cheat our kids, if we view life as a single straight-line race in which one one-hundreth of the competitors finish in the money and everyone else loses. We will all be better off if we recognize that there are a great many races of varying lengths and outcomes. The challenge for parents is to help their children find the one that’s right for them.

In this surprising article Jeffrey Luger provides a solid argument for the importance of recognizing each child’s unique multiple intelligences profiles: strenghts as well as weaknesses. He provides a strong argument against the hyper-competitive Tiger Mom syndrome where children are expected to be perfect and superior in all endeavors, regardless of his or her unique propensities.

Parents are crying out for a way to get their children off the conveyor belt of schooling where the belt is gaining in speed and rising up in difficulty levels.

What to do?   The MIDAS Profile was created exactly for situations like this where the expectations are posted ever higher despite the child’s unique intellectual dispositions. The point is to be paying more ATTENTION to the child rather than less as we hammer at them to DO BETTER DO MORE DO IT FASTER. It is hard to think of anything more discouraging than to be tongue lashed as they increase the level of difficulty of expectations.

MI-strength-based learning activities can be both personally motivating and increase thinking skill. A child’s MIDAS Profile guides where to focus your efforts to achieve this point of “optimal experience”.

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