The Morning Text 10/26

An Educational Newsletter


Welcome to The Morning Text! 

Alright, I’m about to rant and I offer no apologies. IQ is a dumb concept and you can throw it out the window. 

IQ (intelligence quotient) is supposed to be a measure of your intelligence, or rather, a unit of measurement by which one can determine how efficiently and quickly they learn. It aims to measure your processing speed, your RAM, your long term memorization and how long you can go before you’re mentally burnt out.

The concept of IQ was invented by Stanford psychologist Terman in 1916. Rather than measure our academic abilities, it was developed to determine our native, or born intelligence. Terman’s concept of IQ targeted our innate ability to learn. How is IQ most often tested? Why, a standardized test of course; because we all know that standardized tests are the best way to measure someone’s abilities!

IQ suggests that your intelligence is almost entirely genetic. Yes, most people that received a high IQ result from the test typically did better in school. That being said, who’s to say that resulted from genetics? Instead, newer research (and by newer research I mean going decades back up until now) suggests that most of your IQ score is actually determined by learned abilities. 

Don’t confuse the message I’m trying to convey. I’m not saying that no one is born smarter than others. What I’m saying is that is that using IQ as a measure of someone’s intelligence is inaccurate.

IQ scores are classified by number sets. According to the WISC-IV and WPPSI-III, the classifications are as follows. Scores 79 and below are “Below Average”, scores that fall between 80-89 are low average, 90 to 109 are average and scores 110 to 119 are high average. Beyond that scores that range 120-129 are deemed “Superior,” 130-138 are deemed “Gifted,” 138-145 are considered “Highly Gifted (HG)”, 145-152 are “Exceptionally Gifted (EG)” and 152+ are “Profoundly Gifted (PG).”

IQ puts people in categories of intelligence that they say are genetic and say “you’re born this smart, and you’re stuck with it.” Many young teenagers that feel intelligent take these tests and end up with a 100 causing them to feel discouraged and unmotivated to strive for more in their life. IQ teaches that a number can determine your potential for success. You know what? I’m calling BS on that. 

According to the concept of Intelligence Quotient, I am average. I have an IQ that falls between 100 and 115 (depending on the test I take). You know what that test doesn’t measure? My work ethic, my desire and ambition to learn, my passion and interest in certain subjects, my creativity, my ability to analyze or my willpower. Leaving out all of these essential learned character traits, how is IQ supposed to determine my overall intelligence or potential for success? It doesn’t. IQ is as useful to the overall public as Sigmund Freud’s theory of penis envy is to a psychologist. 

I would like to point out that I said “overall public.” IQ can be used to measure the extremities of the intelligence scale in order to place people in certain classes or programs that will best benefit them (i.e. Special Education or exceptionally gifted persons). However, for the most part, I still stand by my previous statement.

Warren Buffet says “If you are in the investment business and have an IQ of 150, sell 30 points to someone else.” If you don’t know who Warren Buffet is, I suggest you look him up. He is one of the richest and most successful men in the world. In this quote, he may be referring specifically to investing, but the notion still follows. IQ isn’t as important to one’s success potential or abilities as society makes it out to be.

To argue the other side, it is true that most billionaires have exceptionally high IQ’s. While IQ most likely plays a role in these people’s success, that’s only 1,810 people out of the 7,400,000,000 people in the world (1 out of every 4,088,397 people). In addition to that, I’m sure that more astrophysicists have high IQ’s than plumbers. All this being said, their IQ’s could very well be due to the abilities they learned throughout their lives.

So if you took an IQ test as a child or a teenager and received an average or below average score, don’t let that stop you from achieving for full potential. Intelligence is more than a number.

There are two Best Sellers written by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves titled The Emotional Intelligence Appraisal and Emotional Intelligence 2.0 that outline an alternative to this outmoded “intellectual horsepower” concept. The book suggests intelligence and success potential are more affected by a set of learned abilities, traits and principles that make up their concept of EQ.” But that’s a concept for another day. Nonetheless, I suggest you read it.

Challenge of the Day: Teach me something. I spend all this time researching and writing this newsletter for the many recipients, I’d really like to learn something from you guys. 

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Have a wonderful day.

Written by Caleb Gibbons

Edited by Catherine Peinhardt

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