Adapted from Chapter 5 of David Duke’s ‘My Awakening‘. Refer to the book for more in-depth information.
WHAT IS ‘IQ’?
- 1905: Alfred Binet, a French psychologist and the father of modern intelligence testing, designed a test to try to identify and help children of low intelligence. The test could identify those who needed remedial help, those who were of average ability, and those who were gifted.
- 1912: Wilhelm Stern, a German psychologist, proposed an intelligence indicator that simply divided a subject’s mental age by their chronological age.
- 1916: Lewis Terman, an American psychologist, revised the Binet Scales, creating the now-famous ‘Stanford-Binet’.
- Arthur Jensen, a psychologist at UC-Berkeley, showed that all tests of mental function positively correlated with each other. While it could be argued what it is these tests actually measure, his work suggests that they are measuring the same thing. For example, those who do well on a reading test often do well on a math test.
HOW IQ CORRELATES WITH SUCCESS IN LIFE
- Numerous studies show that IQ testing are at least as good as high school grades in predicting how well one will perform in college.
- Most psychologists would agree that learning ability and IQ are closely linked.
- Many studies show that IQ is a better predictor of one’s success, status, and income than one’s family or socioeconomic background.
- IQ has a strong correlation with several factors, including grades in school, educational level attained, income, business success, and tendencies toward criminal behaviour, illegitimacy, and dependence on welfare.