What is intelligence?

     You walk around the hallway in high school and see your friends and other people that you know but not very well. One of the first things you think of when you are stressing about school is who is smart. But what is smart? What one person thinks is smart can be different than what someone else thinks. Although being smart is not the same as being intelligent, society today has allowed people to think that they are similar or in some cases the same. 
     Many questions have been raised relating to intelligence .Is it genetic? Are some people naturally smarter than others? Are you smart if you graduate high school? College?
     The way we consider someones intelligence today is an IQ Test. If you go onto any website you can find many different IQ Tests. Today, and IQ Test is the most socially accepted test that measures intelligence. IQ stands for Intelligence Quotient. Your IQ does not change over time. It is not based off what you learn over time. It is based off education achievement, special needs, job performance, and income.
     Although this test has been socially accepted. Some people believe that this test only tests a certain type of intelligence, not overall intelligence. 
     The answer to the question of what is intelligence is there are many definitions. What one person thinks is intelligence may not be accepted by someone else. Many people think politicians are intelligent while others think they are not intelligent, for example. Although an IQ test can measure a whole population and their intelligence based on everyone else, it is not the overall factor in determining if someone is intelligent or not.


I think your blog also touches on whether or not the SAT's, ACT's or tests in general is a deciding factor in ones intelligence. I am not a good test taker but that does not mean that I am lack intelligence. IQ testing is very limited in the way it analyzes how smart someone is. Do you think this form of testing is wrong or it just needs revision?

I understand what each of you are saying. I think the standard IQ test is a great indicator to determine the level of someones intelligence. SATs and ACTs are just benchmark tests that help universities in their decision making process. Granted you can't be a moron and score a perfect score on the SAT tests, there are other ways to measure intelligence. One could argue that intelligence can be measured in other ways. The decisions people make on a daily basis can be a good measure as well. What are people doing with their time? Are they making healthy, productive decisions?

I think about this a lot and I also agree with the previous comment. While SAT's and ACT's may be good at determining one's ability in a specific field, the tests don't necessarily work for everyone. Of course abilities like reading comprehension and problem solving abilities are exposed through these tests, I don't think they do a good enough job of encouraging critical thinking which, as we've learned in this course, is imperative in college level courses. Intelligence is a very general term. There are plenty of people who excel in things like memory but lack in reading comprehension, who's to say that one is more important than the other?

I think that intelligence is used as a very broad term, in order to accurately measure a persons intelligence, we would have to more specifically define the types of intelligence and the best ways to test them for different learning styes. It has been found the different intelligences and learning styles are likely to exist, but would i be possible to say that IQ tests, the SAT's, and the ACT's are designed to measure a specific type of intelligence rather than intelligence as a whole?

I haven't taken an IQ test but I have read up on some of the criticism on these tests. One of the main arguments is that they are bias. One of the reasons is that: minorities may not be culturally ready to take the test. At first it made mad to hear such a statement. The claim is that minority children may not appreciate the demands, achievement stimuli, time pressures, competitive edge required… and may not see the test in the same way. (source)
I still don't understand this claim because I can definitely accept a challenge, I'm competitive and no test can intimidate me. Maybe this is because I have taken standardized tests all my life. I don't think these tests are'bias' as much as an inherent design flaw, since the I.Q. test 'IS' a standardized testing procedure, it will show higher scores for anyone who has been groomed on standardized testing all their lives.
Do you think there is really bias IQ testing (or testing in general) that makes minority groups perform lower? Or do you believe there exists a third variable such as 'practice' that happens to give minorities a disadvantage?

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