I thought you didn’t believe in IQ measurements, Occam.
No, it’s just that there’s a lot more that goes into making a person than his/her academic intelligence quotient. As I recall, a USC psychologist identified close to twenty different separate IQs about thirty years ago. Psychological adjustment is also very important.
He’s right George, there are at least 20 different separate IQs. On top of it all, they tried to give my younger son and IQ test 3 different times, with 3 different scores (all fairly close together). HOWEVER, he has classic dyslexia and a few other things that cause him to, how do we say? Look at the world differenlty. His brother and I tested very well (I’m not going to give the scores, because that’s not the point). In comparison, they said they did not believe they got an accurate score on my younger son due to his deslyxia and other problems, then they added genetics to also to come to their conclusion that his score is actually higher than tested. Add to that, he’s learned, with some assistance, to work around, overcome, many of the affects of dyslexia and alike.
Now here’s the thing, he’s 17 now and the other day he asked to know what his score was. My first reply was, it was just a score and not important. He pointed out that his brother and I know ours and thought it only fair he knows his. I explained to him that they said they could not get an accurate score due to the factors above and given his brother’s and mine, it was probably much higher. He still wanted to know, adding “That IF it is just a score then what’s the problem? Why can’t I know mine?” What I didn’t tell him was that the problem is his score was no where near 3/4 of his brothers and not even 3/4 of mine and to know could hurt. I finally said it was average. Not exactly a lie, given that even the pros of IQ tests said that they felt his score was not accurate, it was very close to average though, and he’s not exactly a dumb bunny either. So, in consideration of the information I have and know, I fudge a little to save his self-esteem, because the truth is, his intelligence probably is higher than tested.
We cannot base intelligence solely on an IQ score, due to cultural biases, learning/emotional problems, etc, and within the 20 different intelligences there is Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences (musical, linguistic, kinesthetic etc). I do believe people can be musical geniuses and be lacking in other areas. So the Stanford-Benet and WISC tests aren’t going to tell you much except “academic IQ”, as Occam puts it and IMO, for someone to overcome some of the problems of learning disabilities and improve their reading skills to a level slightly higher than their achieved grade level, does show a mark of intelligence. However, when he is tired, his reading suffers, because he is too tired to use what he knows to get around the dyslexia and alike.
Bottomline, IQ tests mean didley, esp when one has various struggles to work through and overcome.