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  •  "HS level" courses?!? (1+ / 0-)
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    Sitting Jack Flash

    The only IQ test I ever took, I took when I was 5. Back in the day when it was part of public school enrollment. Not many kindergarteners can pass any kind of test for mastery of "several HS level courses."

    •  Obviously you were precocious (1+ / 0-)
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        I knew how to read before I was four. My father used to read us bedtime stories every night, out of just a few little children's books we already knew the gist of because he'd read them to us before, and was prone to wax on and on with lots of funny little sideways details with lots of words that very obviously weren't on the page of the book with about a dozen words on it. We'd roll our eyes at each other, and after he'd tucked us in and left we'd go back to the book to see what was there and what he'd added to it this time. And laugh heartily at the newer, more twisty tale before dropping off to sleep. We humored him, because he was such a good storyteller that the same old dumb stories never got boring.

        But reading isn't how they tested IQ back then. Circling the 'right' simplistic line drawing in response to a question asked by the test administrator was. None of it had anything to do with algebra, calculus, biology (I or II), chemistry (I or II), physics, English composition, American or World history, sociology, psychology, or even Drill Team. All courses I took in HS. Heck, it didn't even have to do with drama, speech or debate (also HS courses I took). What did you take in high school, and how was your "mastery" of those courses reflected in your IQ test?

        And, since they haven't actually tested IQ in the past couple of generations (neither my children nor my grandchildren were tested for IQ or assigned based on their scores), are you quite sure you aren't thinking of scholastic aptitude testing? That's something else entirely, you know.

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