06 Feb 2019


More research is needed to try to ensure that IQ testing in schools is used to maximize learning opportunities for all students. When it comes to being resilient and knowledgeable in life, all you need is optimism and intelligence.

An intelligence quotient (IQ) is a total score derived from several standardized tests designed to assess human intelligence. IQ tests continue to be refined and improved in response to “multiple intelligences” to reflect the fact that intelligence is multi-faceted. Education makes a difference in individual lives and to society as a whole and it is critical that our performance match our beliefs. Educators must be realistic about the need to improve our educational system while simultaneously helping the public celebrate improvements. In the scenario of the glass as half empty or half full is undeniably applicable here, and, unfortunately, the public has come to see the education glass as half empty reason why we should continue to have candid conversations about the areas we need to improve educationally. Half-empty and half-full describes the degree of attainment in school students and outline the role that parents’ early and sustained academic expectations play in creating a home environment for their children’s academic achievements in education and beyond, also with educators taking to mind that early and sustained academic preparation is the key to increasing the pool of students who attend schools. IQ tests have changed the face of education and employment all over the world given modern controversies regarding IQ testing in line with how well you perform in a specific test as compared to other people of your age group. The goal of schools should be to help teachers adapt their teaching methods to the needs and abilities of individual students, for example, students with weakness in math could receive special attention in a specific area.

Parents play a decisive role in helping establish and sustain academic expectations for their children; foster an interest in reading which is a foundation for future learning in various disciplines. Optimism is the factor that has been proven to be a powerful tool that will pay dividends for your personal life and give you a competitive advantage, reason optimism is also important, if school students can remain positive throughout the wide variety of challenges—peer pressure, taking difficult courses—chances are they will be more successful after graduation. All in all, the power of optimism is real – channels positivity into your inner thoughts and actions. In no time, your glass could be half full rather than empty. Care desperately for students, knowing their shortcomings and have concern for their futures. Provide additional instruction, attention, and discipline. When your children receive a constant stream of criticism or are given the same disapproving message over and over, your children begin to believe these negative labels and begin to live up (or down) to your low expectations of them. Development has many meanings: economic growth, modernization, improved quality of life, political freedom and social justice and with the effective use of technology, parents should establish guidelines that result in their children devoting more time to studying while developing a healthy balance in the use of different technology (iPods, Game Boys, TV, and cell phones). It is recommended that parents reduce by one half their children’s television viewing during their school year, develop structured homework/study schedules. Even though some households may not have a computer, parents and young people can use the computers that are available at many public libraries. Most public libraries restrict the content available to children on computers in their facilities.

Some researchers continued to believe that intelligence is a learned combination of many different skills and abilities. Others, however, assumed that intelligence is a single trait that is heavily determined by genetics. Some people further assumed that there are large ethnic or racial differences in general intelligence. For example, researchers have shown that IQs have been steadily rising, year by year, all over the world. In traditional African society, the elders were considered to embody wisdom: their decisions and practices were not to be questioned by youngsters. The colonial powers left a legacy of centralized authority and under certain political regimes, there may be political penalties for teachers who question ministerial decisions. Prior to the modern age of intellectual testing, whether a student had the opportunity to get a good education depended almost exclusively on that student’s gender, ethnicity, and socioeconomic background.

IQ tests have the potential to identify talented students from all walks of life – and thus to level the playing field of public education. Of course, the playing field is not yet level, but there are some signs that things are getting better. Certainly, no half-full glass has been scrutinized more carefully than the glass that symbolizes intelligence and despite all the controversy surrounding intelligence testing, this drives home the point that more research is needed to try to ensure that tests are used to maximize learning opportunities for all students – rather than becoming an additional barrier to some children’s achievement. Much is being done, but there is much more left to do.

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