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“What Good Is This Thing Called Intelligence and Why Bother to Measure It?” Hilliard Response

Publié le 18/09/2013

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            I’ve heard that the only thing an IQ test measures is how well people take IQ tests.  In the reading, “What Good Is This Thing Called Intelligence and Why Bother to Measure It?” Hilliard seems to agree that these tests aren’t worth much.  One reason IQ tests are not valid is because there is no standard, agreed-upon definition of “intelligence.”  There are some qualities our textbook says most theorists attribute to intelligence, but it is still vague and there’s no scientifically valid way to measure it.  If not intelligence, what do these tests measure?  There is a definite bias to these tests, but that is not what Hilliard protests against.  He argues that it is a validity problem, not ...

« predict achievement and help students with special needs get the attention they need.  He states that successful schools do not use IQ tests as an aid in designing instruction.  If you can give all students appropriate instruction and attention without these tests, why are we still administering such tests?             IQ scores don't mean much.  Some children with the lowest IQ scores actually have the highest academic performance.  Maybe effort plays more of a role than intelligence.  Some students with high IQ scores don't put forth as much effort to make the grade.  If someone with a lower IQ can perform as well as someone with a higher IQ, what does IQ really mean?  It does not offer enough benefits and serves to stereotype students and predict achievement, which students may or may not live up to.  An intelligence test cannot possibly measure all the cognitive abilities that students possess.  And yet students may be limited by judgments made based on this one insignificant score.  These judgments and stereotypes greatly impact their future.             If we are not using IQ testing to benefit students, then it is just a meaningless ritual that does more harm than good.  Teachers may set their expectations according to them and overlook successful strategies and approaches in education.  And students do not benefit from being compared to others.  It only harms their self-image.  The use of IQ tests is simply not justified by benefits.. »


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