5 Minds for the Future

I was listening to Howard Gardner talking on NPR about his new book, Five Minds for the Future. According to the review on Amazon:

Psychologist, author and Harvard professor Gardner (Multiple Intelligences: New Horizons) has put together a thought-provoking, visionary attempt to delineate the kinds of mental abilities (“minds”) that will be critical to success in a 21st century landscape of accelerating change and information overload. Gardner’s five minds-disciplined, synthesizing, creating, respectful and ethical-are not personality types, but ways of thinking available to anyone who invests the time and effort to cultivate them: “how we should use our minds.”

He has taken his studies about multiple intelligences and worked them into a more of a “how to” exercise of looking at what skills are important in this day and age. Fascinating stuff.

Anyone else read it? I might have to look for it when I hit the library this week…

About throwingmarshmallows

I am a homeschooling mom to two sweet, energetic boys although I am probably not exactly what you would expect (definitely NOT your stereotypical homeschooler, if there is really such a thing). I support progressive political causes (yes, liberals can and do homeschool!) and I have found a spiritual home in the Unitarian Universalist Church. I have no real idea of how I want to use this blog, but will probably focus on homeschooling, things that I am learning from my boys, personal thoughts and opinions and maybe some liberal politics thrown in, who knows!
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One Response to 5 Minds for the Future

  1. Curt says:


    I was looking for reviews of this book this morning when I came across your blog and this post.

    I’ll be leading an online discussion of this book beginning Monday, 10-15. If you’d like to join in, feel free to visit


    I’m in charge of technology at a large independent school in Chicago and taught elementary school for many years prior. Most participants will be teachers or administrators currently working in independent schools, but all are welcome.

    Curt Lieneck