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Monday, June 02, 2008


In my last post, wasn’t implying that IQ tests aren’t measuring something. But I don’t believe it’s intelligence as such but is only gauging into a very limited definition of intelligence. After all, these tests emerge out of a set of criteria established by a culturally-influenced science. It also assumes that intelligence depends on the ability to write or read – and generally assumes that people who are taking the test are able to see or hear.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that we should disregard any differences or qualities in each person. Indeed, I’m not advocating that everyone is the ‘same' but that everyone should be equal. Obviously, there are people with which I may feel more comfortable expressing parts of me. After all, I have my tastes and dislikes! Yet, it is in valuing our diversity and in giving everyone the opportunity to grow at his/her own pace that humanity would really be said to have improved. And the fact that some differences are regarded as ‘good’ and others as ‘bad’ doesn’t mean that those making such claims are right or that their opinion should set limits to the rights of others – as is happening today – in spite of arguments that favour diversity and human rights!

Indeed, it is very dangerous for people to be defined in terms of their perceived intelligence. On the other hand, I believe that as far as education is concerned, the information and teaching presented should be compatible with the way the student learns best. However, tailor-made education is not always practiced in education as well as it should be. In addition, IQ tests’ use in education should be reassessed as such tests only risk to place children or adults into boxes (whether it be ‘gifted’ or ‘intellectually impaired’) that do nothing but create fertile ground for expectations about the person whilst ignoring the person as a whole.

Well, that’s my confession! I tried taking an IQ test lately for fun but, as expected, I scored lower than average! I’m really not surprised since my vision isn’t that great right now. And perhaps it’s also a form of poetic justice that should teach me to look beyond what science might say about me. And believe me, I’ve been told that my medical history alone can fill in for the first volume ..