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Saturday, January 26, 2008

It can't be deep: it only comes up to the middle of that duck

Just to demonstrate that ignorance is restricted neither to Americans nor to the political far right, here's Matthew Taylor (chief executive of the Royal Society for Encouragement of Arts, and Tony Blair's former chief adviser on political strategy) writing in the New Statesman on 7 January:

When you read the next report bemoaning falling standards in our schools, remember the overwhelming evidence that average IQs have risen sharply over recent decades.

Er, no, but I will remember it when I read the next report bemoaning falling standards in arts administrators or Blairite apparatchiks.

(Hint for any such who are reading: what does it mean to have an IQ of 100?)

Incidentally, my wife, with her music degree, burst out laughing immediately.


At 26 January, 2008 11:38, Anonymous Phil said...

Yabbut... actual real-world IQ test scores have been going up over the years - suggesting either that they all need to be recalibrated or that what's now meant by IQ isn't what we originally meant. I don't think the latter idea is outstandingly silly.

At 26 January, 2008 15:30, Blogger Rob said...

I would have thought the idea of recalibration a much better one. Is the increase really across all tests or just some? I'd be very surprised if none of the current tests actually centres the distribution.

At 26 January, 2008 15:32, Blogger Rob said...

In any case, if the median score ain't 100, it's not an IQ as such.


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