Purple Policies, Part 2

From Charles Murray: The Trouble With Kids Today Again, my underlying point is simple. IQ has a substantial direct correlation with measures of success in life, and it is also correlated with a variety of other characteristics that promote success—perseverance, deferred gratification, good parenting, and the aspects of personality that are variously called “emotional intelligence”… Continue reading Purple Policies, Part 2

IQ: Education, Socioeconomic Outcomes, and Entitlement Spending

From the esteemed Dr. James Thompson: Psychological predictions from long ago: Terman 1930 Two predictions stood out, the first: That educational and vocational guidance will be based chiefly on test ratings, and that Hull’s proposal to measure every important ability and personality trait and to “grind out” a hundred or more occupational success predictions for… Continue reading IQ: Education, Socioeconomic Outcomes, and Entitlement Spending

Birth ‘Lottery’ Does Not Preclude Meritocracy

DOES ‘BIRTH LOTTERY’ TRUMP THE AMERICAN DREAM? There is a long-standing debate among economists and sociologists if the birth ‘lottery’ – factors outside of the control of the individual, such as parent’s income, IQ, and race, precludes the existence of the meritocracy. When a child wins the “birth lottery” by being born into a higher-income… Continue reading Birth ‘Lottery’ Does Not Preclude Meritocracy

Reviving the American Dream with ‘Purple Policies’

Harvard professor explains how we can revitalize the American Dream In hopes of reviving those positive trends, Putnam proposed what he calls “purple policies,” which combine conservative and liberal ideas. With the goal of reviving equal opportunity, Putnam advocates for the careful development and reform of programs such as early childhood education, apprenticeships, tutoring, community… Continue reading Reviving the American Dream with ‘Purple Policies’

Why Education is Not Curing Poverty

From Vox Education won’t cure poverty, in one chart It boils down to IQ, in that less intelligent people typically earn less. Second, the increasingly competitive economy has made IQ more important, magnifying the socioeconomic ramifications of individual cognitive differences. Intelligence tests indirectly measure situational awareness, learning speed, and ability to make inferences between disparate,… Continue reading Why Education is Not Curing Poverty

Verbal Harder Than Math?

Steve Sailor and and Steve Hsu have new posts about education and IQ. Hsu’s post mentions that the infamous Terman IQ Study excluded Nobel laureates Shockley and Alvarez, possibly because highly verbal loaded test hurt their score, causing them to narrowly miss the cut-off. iSteve, referencing an article originally in the New York Times, discusses… Continue reading Verbal Harder Than Math?

It Pays to Be Smart

From The Atlantic; A new study finds that nine of the 10 most lucrative degrees in America are in computer science programs at elite colleges. And no degree in America is more valuable than a computer-science major at Stanford, Columbia, or Berkeley. Notably, the most valuable non-computer-science major in the country is also at Stanford:… Continue reading It Pays to Be Smart