Education in the Era of Truthiness, Trump, and Twitter

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CMRubinWorld’s recent interview with globally-renowned thought leader Howard Gardner examines the role of truth, beauty, and goodness in the 2016 Presidential Election.

In a historic upset, Donald J. Trump has been elected to the office of the president of the United States of America. While many celebrate the radical change, many in America and around the world share concern for Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric and lack of public service experience. In a recent interview with C. M. Rubin (founder of CMRubinWorld), the leading American scholar Howard Gardner states, “The process and the outcome of the election were, to put it mildly, unexpected! Nor has it been easy or straightforward to understand the way in which a large part of the electorate approached the election and voted.” Gardner further insists that now he has “to ‘rethink’ the virtues.”

C. M. Rubin asked Gardner in the interview for his views on truth, beauty, and goodness as exemplified in the 2016 election. In response to Rubin’s question about lessons learned about the virtue of beauty, Gardner asserts that “Politicians blessed with charisma are likely to create beautiful experiences. Presidents Reagan, Clinton, and Obama created beautiful experiences for their audiences.” Gardner reveals why he found it “painful to watch and listen to either candidate.”

The results of this year’s election have also left Gardner wary about the future: “Of course, getting elected is one thing. It remains to be determined in what ways, if any, the Trump presidency will be marked by truthful statements, beautiful experiences, and good relations among citizens.”

Howard Gardner has received numerous honors throughout his lifetime, including a MacArthur prize fellowship. He has honorary degrees from universities around the globe, and has been named one of the 100 most influential intellectuals by Foreign Policy and Prospects magazine for his work in the study and exploration of the theory of multiple intelligences. He directs The GoodWork™ Project, a large scale effort to identify individuals and institutions that exemplify good work.

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CMRubinWorld launched in 2010 to explore what kind of education would prepare students to succeed in a rapidly changing globalized world. Its award-winning series, The Global Search for Education, is a celebrated trailblazer in the renaissance of the 21st century, and occupies a special place in the pulse of key issues facing every nation and the collective future of all children. It connects today’s top thought leaders with a diverse global audience of parents, students and educators. Its highly readable platform allows for discourse concerning our highest ideals and the sustainable solutions we must engineer to achieve them. C. M. Rubin has produced over 550 interviews and articles discussing an expansive array of topics under a singular vision: when it comes to the world of children, there is always more work to be done.

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