Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Everyone's got talent

While driving SK to school yesterday, I pointed out a school nearby where students with difficulties handling the academic-oriented mainstream curriculum go to. This institution takes in students who are at risk of dropping out of school.

As a parent, I always make it a point to tell my kids that if one is not academically inclined, that doesn't mean they're not bright. We've been told there are at least 8kinds of intelligence - linguistic, logical, kinesthetic, spatial, musical, interpersonal, intrapersonal and naturalistic. Hence everyone is intelligent in his own way.

In fact, those who don't do well in school may end up becoming very successful in life. So, when I read about Susan Boyle in the papers, I had to check her out. At first look, she a frumpy village girl with frizzy hair and bushy eyebrows but when she opens her mouth to sing, oh BOY, she can really sing! In fact, her extraordinary rendition of I Dreamed a Dream from Les Miserables was so astounding, it rendered the hard-to-please judges of Britain's Got Talent speechless.

In the beginning, when she stepped on stage, everyone laughed at her. But now she has won the heart of the British public and fans worldwide. I stand up for underdogs like her. Where has she been all these 47 years? We really need to look at everyone differently and stop making silly judgements from now on.


EE said...

Agree whole heartedly. We should get out of this rat race and paper chase mindset. Instead focus again on instiling virtues in our young. That would build a strong foundation for a successful life of doing good and making our world a better place. I think this is of utmost importance.

Mike Minzes said...

Multipul-intelligence! Very cool. My wife wrote her theeis on MI>

The Real Mother Hen said...

Susan Boyle touched so many hearts overnight. She definitely has talents.