I listened to Mike Rose's discussion on the meaning of intelligence. Mike Rose is an author and a professor. He talks about how he didn't do so well in school and his childhood experience with education. His scores got mixed up with another student and he was put in a college prep class when he wasn't able to understand the basic things he was already supposed to learn. He addressed the issue of how IQ tests don't necessarily determine intelligence truly. He uses the example of his mother being a waitress. She is able to memorize the customers orders, know everything that is going on in the restaurant, and serve everyone in a timely manner, etc. These many skills that she uses in her manual labor job aren't tested on the IQ tests and these skills are needed in life. Rose also addresses the "no child left behind" act. He states that its a good thing because many students are left behind by standardized school curriculums that don't address these students. The students he is referring to are the poor, minorities, and immigrants. This act ensures that these students are properly attended to and not left behind in the education system.
I agree with the points the Rose brings up because many of the students that don't succeed in school are the poor, minorities and mmigrants which is unfair to just leave these students behind because they aren't as advantaged as the students that succeed in school. I also agree that intelligence can't be based only on an IQ test because not every aspect of "intelligence" is measured on there such as memory, etc. With standardized education, I think many aspects can become lost. For example, immigrants and minorities can lose some of their culture by trying to conform to the US education system which has no room for their culture. I also believe that many aspects that are needed for labor jobs are lost because of the standardized education. Skills needed for labor jobs aren't being taught and instead skills needed for non labor and more higher up jobs are being taught such as chemistry, etc. I'm not saying that this is a bad thing I'm just pointing out how education has changed. IQ tests seem to measure aspects that are taught in school, but what about those who choose labor jobs? The IQ test doesn't measure the intelligence they have and therefore aren't so accurate. Overall, this podcast was great and made me think about the education system and measures of intelligence which I never really considered.
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