If Americans IQ scores have been climbing over the past 100 years, but the quality of education has plummeted, what does that mean?
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IQ reflects basic knowledge and basic skill potential. Can you add such and such. Repeating a series of numbers that you hear. Repeating them backwards. Who is the president? If a series of patterns is continued, what pattern would come next?
I am familiar with IQ tests, they are really not an indication of inteligence, despite the name.
There are social, emotional, and communication skill sets that are factors. Also, there are those who have a cognitive disability, but co-exist with a high IQ.
Is there a distinction between IQ (genetic) and education (acquiring)?
Supposedly, the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale measures innate talent, not learned knowledge. But you have to have both in order to be tested. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wechsler_Adult_Intell...
Groups of people are very easy to manipulate. That does not mean that each has low intellectual skills. It means no one taught them to analyze political events or to care about them. If that emotional part is not there, people don't bother.