Howard Gardner

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My Trip to the Dalton School in New York City
by Howard Gardner

On May 14, 2014, I spent an hour with students at the Dalton School, a well-known and highly selective private school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The bulk of the audience consisted of 7th and 8th graders who were studying science—among them Theo Strauss, a beloved relative. Also present were some older students, including Annabel Strauss, Theo’s sister, who introduced me to her schoolmates. Some parents, teachers, and, by coincidence, one of my doctoral students were in the audience.

When accepting the invitation to speak some months earlier, I had thought that I’d just have a conversation with a small group of students. I was surprised to see an audience of close to 200 persons.  It would have been easier to give a…

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