[EDS 103] eJOURNAL ENTRY #2.2: REFLECTION

How did reviewing the ideas of others and engaging in subsequent discussion made me rethink and reshape my original ideas (or not)? 

I must say, reading the works of my classmates had left a mark in my mind; it even made think that there still are many overlooked aspects of intelligence in this society. I suggest that as educational practitioners, we should continue the process and conduct a further study regarding the aspect of intelligence. With its evolving aspects, we have to make sure that there will be no environmental factors (i.e. political, cultural, and socio-economic aspect) that we will fail to notice and there should be no hidden agendas, such as racial inequality.
Indeed, the fact that we are coming up with a great number of theories and concepts related to the human intelligence acknowledges its existence and its essence in the human race. Aren’t we all into equality? Then, we are here to serve you ideas that is objective rather than subjective while focusing on the quality of intelligence rather than being defined with high regards to quantity or numerical representation. Also, our ideas do not mean any harm to any race, ethnic groups, or any group of individuals. Lastly, we are only to address the various spectrums of intelligence without having to make these people think lowly of themselves.
And, no, I am not going to be a hypocrite. I will admit that I had this perspective in life that IQ testing was all about how smart one is, especially in terms of academics–turns out, it is not! Having read the learning materials, it made me reflect and realize things in life, wherein I even experienced a paradigm shift. Having a low IQ test result does not mean that an individual is “not smart enough” or “dumb.” I have found out that IQ tests are still subjective nowadays, especially to those who are not fluent to the language being used in the IQ tests, to those who are deprived of education due to poverty, and to those who have a strong foundation of cultural belief. All of us must be aware that we never stop learning, so does improving! I must say, reading the works of my classmates had left a mark in my mind; it even made think that there still are many overlooked aspects of intelligence in this society.  I suggest that as educational practitioners, we should continue the process and conduct a further study regarding the aspect of intelligence. With its evolving aspects, we have to make sure that there will be no environmental factors (i.e. political, cultural, and socio-economic aspects) that we will fail to notice and there should be no hidden agendas, such as racial inequality. 
Indeed, the fact that we are coming up with a great number of theories and concepts related to human intelligence acknowledges its existence and its essence in the human race. Aren’t we all into equality? Then, we are here to serve you ideas that is objective rather than subjective while focusing on the quality of intelligence rather than being defined with high regard to quantity or numerical representation. Also, our ideas do not mean any harm to any race, ethnic groups, or any group of individuals. Lastly, we are only to address the various spectrums of intelligence without having to make these people think lowly of themselves.
And, no, I am not going to be a hypocrite. I will admit that I had this perspective in life that IQ testing was all about how smart one is, especially in terms of academics–turns out, it is not! Having read the learning materials, it made me reflect and realize things in life, wherein I even experienced a paradigm shift. Having a low IQ test result does not mean that an individual is “not smart enough” or “dumb.” I have found out that IQ tests are still subjective nowadays, especially to those who are not fluent to the language being used in the IQ tests, to those who are deprived of education due to poverty, and to those who have a strong foundation of cultural belief. All of us must be aware that we never stop learning, so does improving!  I must say, reading the works of my classmates had left a mark in my mind; it even made think that there still are many overlooked aspects of intelligence in this society. I suggest that as educational practitioners, we should continue the process and conduct a further study regarding the aspect of intelligence. With its evolving aspects, we have to make sure that there will be no environmental factors (i.e. political, cultural, and socio-economic aspect) that we will fail to notice and there should be no hidden agendas, such as racial inequality.
Indeed, the fact that we are coming up with a great number of theories and concepts related to the human intelligence acknowledges its existence and its essence in the human race. Aren’t we all into equality? Then, we are here to serve you ideas that is objective rather than subjective while focusing on the quality of intelligence rather than being defined with high regards to quantity or numerical representation. Also, our ideas do not mean any harm to any race, ethnic groups, or any group of individuals. Lastly, we are only to address the various spectrums of intelligence without having to make these people think lowly of themselves.
And, no, I am not going to be a hypocrite. I will admit that I had this perspective in life that IQ testing was all about how smart one is, especially in terms of academics–turns out, it is not! Having read the learning materials, it made me reflect and realize things in life, wherein I even experienced a paradigm shift. Having a low IQ test result does not mean that an individual is “not smart enough” or “dumb.” I have found out that IQ tests are still subjective nowadays, especially to those who are not fluent to the language being used in the IQ tests, to those who are deprived of education due to poverty, and to those who have a strong foundation of cultural belief. All of us must be aware that we never stop learning, so does improving!

SCAN: An excerpt from John Gray’s “Men are From Mars, Women Are from Venus” (1992), p. 285.
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