Friday, April 17, 2009

Op-Ed Columnist - How to Raise Our I.Q. -

There is a pretty interesting and hopeful article in the New York Times stating evidence shows that the belief that I.Q. is overwhelmingly inherited is wrong. Maybe not all that surprising, but I.Q. is not determined mostly by nature after all - nurture plays a big role as well. High School students who understand they can improve their I.Q.'s tend to do better in school, and early childhood education can really help give children more brain power. Our I.Q.'s have increased over time and the article makes this surprising statement -

"Half the population of 1917 would be considered mentally retarded by today’s measurements, Professor Nisbett says."