Assignment: Intelligence Testing

Imagine you are going to give a factual, non-partisan presentation on intelligence testing to groups of middle-school parents. Prepare to address the following areas:

  • What intelligence tests measure.
  • How IQ tests measure intelligence.
  • A historical perspective on IQ tests.
  • Whether intelligence tests are culturally biased.

    For each topic, list the main points you want to make. Then select one topic to focus on. In 300 words or less, write out fully what you would say to the assembled parents.

    Keep in mind that to make the strongest argument, you will need to present both sides of the IQ testing issue and answer the overriding question: should we test children’s intelligence at all?