The IQ dilemma

Writing about IQ the other day made me remember a discussion I’ve had with my dad.

He wasn’t a particularly dedicated student, at least not in his early years. He assumed he was destined to do poorly in school. Now, he wishes someone had given him an IQ test, shown him the results, and told him to get his butt in gear. Thus, Dad believes all students should receive IQ tests.

At some point in grade six or seven, my class was given a “creativity test,” suspiciously reminiscent of an IQ test. The kids with the best scores were invited to a special club doing who-knows-what which was bound to be more fun than grade seven social studies.

I was not invited to this class. (Not that I’m bitter or anything.)

Since I was a good student, but apparently flunked the “creativity test,” I’m pretty darned glad they didn’t show us any IQ results. I can see my dad’s point, but I’m ixnay on the IQ testing.

What do you think? Who’s right?

3 thoughts on “The IQ dilemma

  1. James

    I see your dad's point that had someone pointed out to him that his IQ test scored high, that he would never have thought he was destined to be a poor student.

    Yet, it sounds to me that it wasn't the fault of a test – but the failing of the adults around him to encourage him. I think his story shows the importance of the kind words of an adult figure, so that those who score low (or think they would) can achieve greater things than we might predict of them.

  2. Anonymous

    I didn't make the "creative minds" class either Tan. I too was jealous, and it made me feel I wasn't good enough…I can be creative too, damn it!


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