Adonis Diaries

Archive for January 13th, 2011

Low IQ Prisoner: Studied, raised the score, found eligible to death row! What is this IQ score?

The story goes: murderers with low IQ of 70 or less are not sent to death row on the premise that they are too dumb to premeditate or consciously plan any murder.

A low IQ prisoner was sentenced to life; he studied and managed to score 10 more points, and thus was eligible for death sentence to be executed: He was no longer an irresponsible brain dead individual!

IQ and SAT scores are used as scapegoats in many decisions, programs, and policies to hire, fire, accept or reject applicants.  Institutions that demand IQ or SAT scores know by now that they don’t measure intelligence and that these tests lack predictive values and capabilities for mental performance.

And yet, these tests are used “to pick the best of the crop” on the basis that the grades of students in their institution will inevitably be higher than most institutions no matter how mediocre is their curriculum or their teachers.  Standardized tests of these kinds are multi-billion businesses and encouraged by governments.

The first version of IQ test was created by the French Alfred Binet at the instigation of a government commission.  The purpose was to sorting out children in need of special attention and particular forms of schooling. Binet was appalled when his IQ test was adopted for quantifying intelligence, especially by the military during WWI for selecting pilots.  He wrote: “A few thinkers are affirming that an individual’s intelligence is a fixed quantity that cannot be increased.  We must protest and react against this brutal pessimism; we must try to demonstrate that this conjecture is founded on nothing.”

The American eugenics Lewis Terman of Stanford University published a revised version of the Binet test in 1916 and known as the Stanford-Binet test.  What was the ideology of Terman?

He wrote: “Among laboring men and servant girls thousands are feeble-minded.  They are the world hewers of wood and drawers of water…No amount of school instruction will ever make them intelligent voters.  The fact that one meets this type with such frequency among Indians, Mexicans, and negroes suggest quite forcibly the whole question of racial differences in mental traits will have to be taken up anew and by experimental methods.  From a eugenics point of view, their children constitute a grave problem because of their prolific breeding.”

A eugenic individual believes that:

1. mankind is divided into intelligent races and stupid subcategories that only practical instruction might improve their efficiency on the chain production, and

2. second, that intelligence is an innate trait with fixed level for improvement, and third that ethnic minorities with dishonorable IQ scores should be neutered by law…

The military institutions are the ones that initiate and fund such standardized tests for the purpose of classifying applicant officers to the air force, navy, or artillery schools; the barely “intelligent” potential officers are relegated to infantry.

For example, Carl Brigham, another eugenic, invented the SAT at the instigation of the military 7 decades ago.The irony is that Carl Brigham disowned the test 5 years later and was no longer a believer in eugenics; but the SAT test evolved a life of its own and it is at its 5th version.

The elite universities and private schools demand some kind of standardized tests of “intelligence”.

John Katzman, founder of Princeton Review, wrote: “SAT creates a shadow curriculum that does not further the goals of education or students:  SAT scores are irrelevant to what the student studied in high school.  SAT does not measure intelligence or verify high school GPA, and it is a poor predictor of college grades.”

In my PhD experiment, I made use of one of the IQ test versions as a smokescreen to distracting the first year psychology students from the real purpose of the experiment.  All you have to do is mention that the test evaluate their level of intelligence in order to capture their motivation.  Actually, the test could be relevant with people endowed with visual capability for discriminating shapes and a modicum of logic.

There is this test developed by two women, mother and daughter and not specialist in psychology, called the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) that supposedly box an individual into one of 16 psychological categories on the dimensions of (energy attitude, perception, judgement, orientation to life events) and on social behavior such as extrovert or introvert.

It is valid and I did submit to it voluntarily (you may read about my experience in my autobiography chapter on psychological testing).  I answered hundred of questions for over two hours; I had to give an answer to every question, even if  I had no idea what it meant.   The result was that I was borderline in all psychological categories and the graduate psychology student had no interpretation and referred me to attend sessions with very emotionally disturbed students.

What about the Hermann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI) test?

Supposedly, this “cognitive” assessment test will demonstrate what is dominant in your brain such as the left analytic brain, the left lymbic hemisphere, the right brain and the right lymbic hemisphere).  The left brain is for collecting data, how things work…, the right lymbic is for organizing and following directions…The right brain is for looking at the big picture and understanding metaphor… The right limbic is for expressing ideas and seeking personal meaning…

In short, all these tests implicitly encourage eugenics ideologists and these tests are being disseminated and applied worldwide, setting the stage for further attempts to laws that would institute racial elimination as world population grows to 9 billion within 30 years.

Note:  A chapter in “The element” by Ken Robinson made it easier for me to write this post.

Arab Sex Art More stats 123
Home page More stats 74
Who planned the 9/11/2001 attack on Twin Towers?? More stats 42
I like this Girl More stats 23
Is violence increasing? Natural versus developed violence. More stats 20
Sex Preparations before wedding night More stats 20
“Opus Pistorum” (porno) More stats 17
Temporary marriage contracts: Sigheh and city of Mashhad (Iran) More stats 14
Tits sucking: Global brotherhood Fatwa More stats 12
Islam is one of the “heretic” Christian-Jewish sects More stats 12
Biography: Al-Walid Bin Talal More stats 11
Persia during the Arab Caliphate Empire (651 to 1500 AC) (Part 5) More stats 9
Forced reforms and atrocities go hand in hand: Peter “The Great” of Russia (1672-1727) More stats 9
Sex for a Sufi More stats 8
The “Good man” of (Confucius -551-479): Practice moral values first then, study More stats 7
Led by women: US Labor movements (1840-1860) More stats 7
Season of Migration to the North More stats 7
Virgin Mary: from the town of Qana in Lebanon? More stats 6
Traditional Wedding: Kuwait More stats 5
“Condoleezza Rice”: Remember her? Bush Jr. State Secretary? More stats 5
Diaries of a Saudi “Princess” More stats 5
“The social structure of Lebanon: democracy or servitude?” More stats 5
Old soul and re-incarnation: Shrimad Raj Chandra (1867-1901) More stats 5
“Carlos Ghosn: Citizen of the World” More stats 5
About More stats 5
Who are the “emerging nations”? Arranging the dots properly More stats 5
(part 1) Human Types: Essence and the Enneagram More stats 4
Rogue Superpower States flaunting UN human rights Charter More stats 4
“The Gospel according to Pilate” More stats 4
Turkey: A Regional Power out of hibernation More stats 4
Henry Miller’s purely porno book More stats 4
Ho Chi Minh (1890-1969): Vietnam Communist but Nationalist by choice More stats 4
“The library closed down: The old wise man died” More stats 4
Second redundant hole by my asshole More stats 4
“Prestige and Infamy”: Homosexual discrimination? More stats 3
Nude dancers: Introspection More stats 3
How Sudan to fair? After Referendum to partitioning a nation? More stats 3
“I heard the owl call my name” More stats 3
Sources of misogyny in Islam: not from the Prophet at all More stats 3
A Turkish cultural movement: Fathallah Gulan? More stats 3
Part One: First love of Gibran K Gibran: Josephine Peabody More stats 3
2010 in review: From stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com More stats 3
Part two: Who is Josephine Peabody (Gibran K Gibran first true love)? More stats 3
Is there an ego? Do you feel bad acting out your ego? More stats 3
Simon Bolivar (1783-1830): “Slavery is the worst human indignity” More stats 3
What! Savages and primitive tribes? More stats 3
“Manifest Destiny” of America: Any serious consequences? More stats 3
Swine flu: Are women more exposed and vulnerable? More stats 3
Love: Women in Islam (Part 9) More stats 3
Bad Boy Bubby More stats 3
Sigheh: Temporary marriage contracts More stats 3
Date Zero: Is Pre-Islamic period untouchable to investigation More stats 3
Welcome to global sex market More stats 3
Justice and myths: Pre-Islam Arab cultures More stats 3
More Copper Reserves for China More stats 2
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) failed in its mission More stats 2
Freikorps (Voluntary Military Corps): Precursors of Nazi “Waffen SS” More stats 2
Warlord Tamerlane saved Europe Renaissance More stats 2
Hassan Nasr Allah (Good God’s Victory): Biography More stats 2
“Aicha la bien-aime du Prophet” by Genevieve Chauvel More stats 2
What is this notion of modern “Tribe”? Is nomadic life-style back in favor? More stats 2
Iran: Hussein, Karbala, Ashura, Shias, Ayatollah marjaa, Wilayat fakih,… More stats 2
What is your race; I mean “ethnic origin”? More stats 2
Wars, casualties, and duration in the last two centuries More stats 2
Part 2. Wet-Nurse city of laws: Beirut of Lebanon (Beryte during Roman Empire) More stats 2
Monolithic religions (revisited) More stats 2
Medina, the first Islam City-State More stats 2
“Psychological barriers?” What’s that! More stats 2
Wisest General: All-Time Hannibal More stats 2
Research on brain or mind: How done? More stats 2
Incomplete: Simplify (Einstein, Godel, Turing, Chaitin…) More stats 2
Multinationals do NOT speculate! Accurate timely information win every transaction More stats 2
“Any treatments for the crazy noises I constantly hear?” More stats 2
What is “Syria National Social Party”? More stats 2
What is karma? Can we redefine it to be a positive force? More stats 2
New generation: Newer brain structure More stats 2
Judas Iscariot: Following orders? More stats 2
Part 2. Origins of Jesus Christ More stats 2
Inaam Raad of (Syria Nation Socialist Party): Biography More stats 2
Ultra orthodox Jews in Israel have lost it More stats 2
“Beryte School of law” by Joy Tabet More stats 2
Boat immigrants and desert passers More stats 2
Averroes (1126-1198): Civilization after Ibn Rushd of Cordoba More stats 2
Otherwise, the next holocaust is imminent More stats 2
Near East: Levant Union States? More stats 2
The Jante Law: Mediocrity is King More stats 2
Charles Darwin (1809-1882): Power of scientists’ cooperation More stats 2
Three Global Temptations: What of collective instinct to survive? More stats 2
Sex Tales More stats 2
Incarcerated as potential trouble makers: Elementary or Elemental? More stats 2
Has the unemployed reach 20%? Then what? More stats 2
Wetware: Lego genetic game? More stats 1
Love Tales More stats 1
Part 7: “On the wild trails of Mount Lebanon” More stats 1
Democracy in Islam: What kinds? More stats 1
How human parts are disposed of in hospitals? More stats 1
Listed this week (Dec. 23) More stats 1
Biter-sweet Euro: Before and after Greece More stats 1
Cholera: The Greek Thucydides Story More stats 1
Complete story of Jesus’ visit to Jerusalem More stats 1
Why Hitler invaded Russia: Cycle closing in again? More stats 1
Beirut: Crazy Demographics More stats 1
Maid living in the Mistress house? More stats 1
“The sirens of the Levant (Near East)” More stats 1
Memoirs of a Nobel Peace Prize on Iran Islamic Revolution More stats 1
Autobiography of a monk: In 5th century Alexandria More stats 1
The Unpublished Unifying Book More stats 1
“Culture and resistance” by Edward W. Said More stats 1
Civilization Before: Ibn Rushd (Averroes)of Cordoba More stats 1
Mono-idolatry (monolatry) or monotheism? More stats 1
Africa is targeted to be exclusively the world’s food basket More stats 1
No Representation without taxes: Oil producing States More stats 1
The General said: “I emulated Captain Mason: He is our National Hero” More stats 1
All the hard drugs you need: Available in the family medicine cabinet? More stats 1
Moslem/Arab women are unfurling their wings More stats 1
“Graphene Valley”: Where and when? More stats 1
Concise Political Islam: Three tendencies More stats 1
How High-Energy people recharge? More stats 1
Lacking a National identity? Is it a big deal? More stats 1
Why scholars must oppose Aristotle’s positions to his teacher’s Platon? More stats 1
Damascus saved the ancient Greek culture More stats 1
Catalyst for happiness: Sharing Energy loaded activities More stats 1
natural sciences and people’s behavior sciences” More stats 1
“Take that dog, pour on kerosine, and burn it”: Order literally obeyed More stats 1
Working Democracy: Valuing politics and respecting politicians More stats 1
Time changed: Your kids are updating your language More stats 1
Part Five: “On the wild trails of Mount Lebanon” More stats 1
Islam: Legislating in Medina (Part 2) More stats 1
Who are the Israelites? From Abraham to the Macabe Kingdom (Chapter one) More stats 1
“Sophie’s World” on Hellenism More stats 1
The under-developed countries are plagued with common diseases: any Resolutions? More stats 1
Maimonides (1138-1204) resurrects Ibn Rushd (Averroes) rational works More stats 1
King cobra may kill female if rebuffed? More stats 1
Turkey is currently the main cornerstone regional power More stats 1
Julia or Julie More stats 1
Accursed Indexing by the Vatican: Burned alive authors (Part 1 More stats 1
We want your forests of hinoki More stats 1
George Mitchell and I More stats 1
El Haj: “A mystic trip” by Ilija Trojanow More stats 1
Jesus is denied the Sanhedrin More stats 1
list of posts from August 22 to 26, 2009 More stats 1
“I killed Scheherazade” More stats 1
This rude lacks sense of humor More stats 1
New way of raising your child? More stats 1
Hundreds of Prophets later More stats 1
The world’s food basket: Africa is heaven for agro-business investments; part 2. More stats 1
Famous Manuscripts Banned by the Vatican: (Part 2, More stats 1
Reactions to Seduction, Love, and Sex Tales More stats 1
Greedy Financial Managers say: “Blame it on greedy human nature” More stats 1
“Human Types: Essence and the Enneagram” (part 2) More stats 1
Nirvana or samsara: Wrong interpretations to living? More stats 1
“Harry Stott: Ancient black Greek philosopher”; More stats 1
Free-Trade Zones in the Middle East More stats 1
“Go Moses; take my hand” More stats 1
Iran: Why the 5 superpowers agreed on the embargo? More stats 1
Modern Europe: Re-defines Christianity More stats 1
Misha is the Idiot dog of the neighborhood More stats 1
“The Princes of the Crazy Years” More stats 1
The Worst Discriminators More stats 1
list of short poems More stats 1
Cloning therapy: not a science fiction More stats 1
Part two: Twilight of philosophy and dawn of philo-ethics More stats 1
Urban and warlike civilizations More stats 1
Reversing roles: Amateurish/professional jobs More stats 1
MBA mania: Introspection More stats 1
“Fahrenheit 451″ More stats 1
Part 5. Nietzsche: “Christianity is a carbon copy of Judaism” More stats 1
International Court Tribunal for genocides: do execute! More stats 1
Women: Urban and rural More stats 1
More stats 1
“As a flowing River” by Paulo Coelho (Book Review) More stats 1
“Development programs in Africa are planned poverty” More stats 1
Promised Paradise: All the way on Nahr Ibrahim River (Lebanon) More stats 1
The sticky Sesame Street program More stats 1
Minorities in the Process of Disappearing: Iraq More stats 1
Beit-Chabab (Lebanon): Introspection More stats 1
More stats 1
Part 6: “Wild trails of Mount Lebanon” More stats 1
Cartoons: What politicians said in 2010 More stats 1
  More stats 1

I had posted https://adonis49.wordpress.com/2009/12/14/%e2%80%9cadon%e2%80%99s-world%e2%80%9d-way-of-life/ some time ago and then I stumbled on a chapter in “Element” by Ken Robinson related to educating children in school systems.  My post focused on new ways the family might adopt in order to permitting more opportunities and exposure for the child to discovering his talents, skills, passions, and constructing his own model for viewing the world.  Since schooling is a system and can be more potent than family setting in this modern busy world for enhancing a child development then, selecting varieties of schooling system models that offer environment for child mental development is most important to emulate.

The industrial age configurations and processes of passing students through the education chain of production line is transforming curriculum to static and lifeless programs:  Students are viewed as “subjects” and are not considered as the center of attention that teachers and school management have responsibilities for graduating literate and talented students.

In the last three decades, there is this dangerous trend of standardizing knowledge, information and “intelligence” to be imposed directly worldwide to all school and university system. Cram schools for passing SAT and entrance exams at universities, or even for “prestigious elementary schools” as in Japan are multibillion industries so that a few may access privileged schooling institutions.

In the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) federal programs that Obama resumed from Bush Junior, 70% of school districts have cut back on arts programs; teachers are pressured to cut back on teaching courses in order to focus on preparing for upcoming statewide standardized tests.  Consequently, if standard tests results are low then, failing schools are penalized:  Teachers are terminated and schools are closed to be taken over by private organization.

Schools need to be transformed so that teachers re-capture their status as the most valued assets in any social development.  Encouraging arts programs is the catalyst for opening up the creative skills and talents in students, exciting their urge for participating and learning.  For example, engaging in drama courses and the responsibly of mounting the theater with all its requirements and needed skills unleash the capability and enthusiasm of the students.  Students turn out to be more involved and excel in the other coursework of math, sciences, and writing skills.

In the Reggio Emilia school model, the program has a child-directed curriculum:  Teachers take their lessons where the student interests dictate.  Classrooms are filled with drama play areas, work tables, environments for interactions and communication.  The emphasis is on arts:  Children learn “multiple symbolic languages” such as painting, music, drama, math, experimentation… The teachers are researchers for the children, they explore their interests, and learn alongside the pupils.

Another example; in the town of Grangeton, the children run the town:  They work in the bank, the supermarket, they handle cash registers, they manage the museum, they write original film screenplay, they run the TV shows and the music of the radio station.  The key word according to director Richard Gerver is: “Experimental and contextual.  At no stage the message is of passing an exam.”  The rigorous classroom work boils down to practical applications of course materials.

Children are motivated and committed and they play the role of catalyst for families and communities to getting involved in project development.  The bottom line is that students need opportunities, exposure, and involvement in curriculum in order to discovering skills, talents, and life passions.  The transformation needs to becoming Student-Centered and the teachers highly valued in remuneration and independence as the cornerstone for successful school performance.

Note:  I consider this article as complementary to my post  since we need to improve systems that are more powerful than any individual family actions or programs.


adonis49

adonis49

adonis49

January 2011
M T W T F S S
 12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31  

Blog Stats

  • 1,398,181 hits

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.adonisbouh@gmail.com

Join 745 other followers

%d bloggers like this: