Give equal recognition to success in other forms of intelligence

Compared with the 1960s and 1970s, there is more recognition of other modalities of intelligence now, including musical, kinetic, interpersonal and intrapersonal.

We can find even more success stories from people with under-recognised forms of intelligence, such as recital artists, dancers, fitness trainers and life-skill gurus.

However, due to inequity of recognition, people in different fields will have great differentials in financial rewards, no matter how successful they are.

For instance, a teacher, though he be fantastic and inspirational, can never earn the same amount of money as a doctor, even if the doctor is indifferent and barely proficient.

This inequality must be addressed, for it deters people from pursuing with passion a career which brings satisfaction and affirmation.

Passionless professionals are the bane of the progressive country we all want.

There needs to be recognition of a holistic education and an acknowledgement of the worth of other forms of intelligence, essential life skills and other areas of personal development ("A step towards holistic education" by Miss Ong Si Min; April 11).

This is the only way the revamp in the grading of the Primary School Leaving Examination will be helpful.

Otherwise, we would be changing the form but not the substance, and will face disgruntlement and ineffectual results years down the road.

Yik Keng Yeong (Dr)

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