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We Can’t Teach Kids to Score High on IQ Test Questions and Then Expect Accurate Results

We have a fairly serious problem these days when trying to estimate IQ, and more importantly, how that relates to achievement in the world. One of the biggest problems is that we teach our kids and young adults how to score high and figure out IQ test questions, and in high-school parents send their kids to weekend camps to score high on SAT Tests and such.

In college students buy MENSA test question books and study them in clubs for weeks, and then go take the tests to see who is the smartest. Well, in doing all this we end up cheating ourselves in IQ assessments. After all, anyone can pass a test as long as they know all the questions in advance, or have done so many practice questions similar that they know all the tricks and traps.

In the UTNE Reader published on November 20, 2009 in an article titled; “Stupid People, High IQs,” by Bennett Gordon hits the nail on the head, and an interesting quote in the article makes a lot of sense; ” here’s no standard test for measuring people’s capacity for rational thought. The New Scientist highlights the work Keith Stanovich, author of the book What Intelligence Tests Miss, who believes that a test measuring “rationality-quotient (RQ)” could be helpful in measuring how smart people are. ”

And indeed, I believe his article and comments are completely right on the money. As a coordinator for an online think tank, this is exactly what I’ve found, and I am amazed at the high-IQ folks that cannot problem solve even with the enormous 145 + IQs. This is really scary stuff, because we give so much weight to Intelligence, and not enough to all the other components that are needed. Please consider all this.

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