President's Graduation Message 2012

President's Graduation Message 2012

As Eastbridge enters the second half of its journey towards reaching its decade of existence, we are happy to once again share this momentous occasion with all of you. Needless to say, the whole Eastbridge family is excited to be part of this year-end celebration of accomplishments, recognitions of talents and giftedness, demonstrations of growth not only academically but also in co-curricular areas and many more.

By this time, I hope that all of our parents are already acquainted with the whole or at least some part of the concept of Multiple Intelligences (M.I.) to which our school subscribe. Since the M.I. Theory recognizes eight intelligences and Eastbridge added one more, there will be hundreds of medals that Eastbridge gives out during the Recognition Program. To some, the sheer number of medals seems to lessen the value of the recognition. But to the discerning observer, it is just consistent with the M.I. paradigm. Perhaps it's what makes Eastbridge "like no other" in some way. These medals of recognition is a testament to the tenet of M.I. that every one of these intelligences are as good as any other.

You will notice that of the eight intelligences that Gardner, the Harvard Professor who came up with the M.I. Theory, identified, only three are closely tied with academics. The first one is the Verbal Linguistic Intelligence which is tied closely with the Language subject, Logical Mathematical Intelligence which is obviously tied with Mathematics and Naturalistic Intelligence which has interests in Science. The rest of the five (or six to include Spiritual Intelligence) has nothing to do with academic concerns but with the rest of the things that make any child a wholesome child. If your child, for example, has a medal for Interpersonal Intelligence, it is that he is good at relating to people, quick in identifying those who need encouragement and help and able to sympathize and empathize at appropriate times. Isn't this very important, even most essential, at various times in real life? If I have to choose only one friend from one who is a genius in the traditional sense (academically inclined, high I.Q., etc.) and one who is interpersonal, I would choose the latter any time of day. Genius may solve a lot of our practical problems but the ones that can really weigh us down are not practical, but emotional, relational or spiritual. That's why even with geniuses around, this world will never run out of problems. It is in those situations where we cannot have practical solutions to problems that we need interpersonal people around us, to hold our hand, to stand with us and walk with us so that despite the problems, we may have the strength and the hope to endure one more day.

It is important that all of us parents understand the importance of every intelligence that our children have so that we may also be instrumental in nurturing these gifts from the Lord because as surely as He has a purpose for everything, He surely has a purpose for giving a particular intelligence to a particular child. Thus, the medals that your children receive are not just tokens to hang on walls or be framed and displayed to give us bragging rights for our choice genes. They are there because your child's school and teachers labored to identify those intelligences that they may be further developed and used for the good, not only of the child, but also of his community. Once developed, these intelligences may just augur well for this world we live in where almost every person is just out there to take what he can. If we have more to give because we have developed our gifts so well, perhaps we can break this cycle of taking and start a cycle of giving. Because as you see, when there are a lot more who can give to the community, it also takes care of those who may want to take.

Congratulations goes to all who, in one way or the other, is helping us create this difference.

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