U.S. has arguably been the most desirable place in the world to get a
college education with international students from China, India,
Japan, and others all traveling
to the U.S. with that express purpose. However,
there's serious signs of trouble; U.S. citizens' college graduation
rates are in
danger of falling behind China. Japanese enrollment is
down as U.S. universities are slowly falling
out of favor. And at least one executive of an Indian firm
complained that American
graduates were "unemployable".Adding to the
list of awkward statistics is a recent
announcement by Bleum Inc., a Chinese outsourcing company.
In China, with a deluge of available highly-intelligent graduates,
Bleum Inc. requires that its workers score over 140 on an IQ
test.When it decided to recruit American computer science
graduates, though, it decided that bar was way too high. It
dropped the requirement for the Americans down to 120, a move it says
reflects a lower pool of talented college grads in the U.S.Bleum
says the move is meant as no affront to the U.S. Its founder
and CEO Eric Rongley is actually an American himself. He
says that in China his firm gets thousands of applications a week
from eager college grads. With about 1,000 employees, his firm
hires less than 1 percent of those who apply. He states, "It
is much harder to get into Bleum than it is to Harvard."Rongley
has been targeting U.S. college grads in Atlanta, Chicago and Denver
for positions. After passing the lower IQ test, U.S. grads must
next pass a skills test -- just like their Chinese peers. The
recruiting effort has already yielded its first five employees, who
just embarked to Shanghai. They will spend a year-long stint in
China and then return to the U.S.Dennis Garlick, a
post-doctoral researcher at the University of California, Los
Angeles, and author of an upcoming book called Intelligence
and the Brain,
says such tests are relatively commonplace, but are a mixed bag.
He states that the difficulty arises "because an IQ test
measures abstract reasoning in a general context, and on-the-job
performance requires abstract reasoning in a specific context."But
he adds, "[If a candidate scores high,] you can reasonably say
that the person is likely to be able to understand typical abstract
concepts as they are applied in business, understand instructions,
follow them, and then generalize them in a new situation."Is
it a disappointing sign that there's less American grads that meet
the IQ requirements (according to Bleum) than Chinese grads? Or
is that merely a sign that few U.S. grads are interested in applying
a job overseas? Either way, Bleum's openness about its hiring
policies raises interesting questions about the U.S. and graduation,
in a time when that issue remains a key concern.
quote: It seems that in the US, we've lost sight of what really matters when it comes to education. We seem to like the social aspect of it but the actual education has fallen by the wayside. We're afraid of failing people for not knowing the subject material. We glorify the act of trying hard (that person's intense and dedicated!), but we vilify the act of excelling at the subject material (that person's a total geek, a loser!).
quote: Wow just wow:-). With a comment like that who needs an IQ test:-). I came out of Russian communist education and... frankly would say US education blew at worst. I managed to sleep my way through 6 years of university education. I still remember teaching my 1st year math prof the easy ways to solve differential equations (with pen and paper). Really some of you conservative Americans should shut your yup from time to time. Proud arrogant ignorance makes you look an idiot.
quote: Wow:-) Blame socialist. Communist chinese seem to have higher IQ according to article. Need I also remind during cold war most Soviets were far smarter than most Americans ?
quote: If it's an IQ test, then education has nothing to do with it.
quote: However, unlike other reports I try to point out that this could merely mean that there's less U.S. grads willing to work in China...
quote: Basically Bleum Inc. is saying that there's less college grads in the U.S.
quote: The difference between Americans and other places like China is that here we are taught a wide array of things and taught to do cognitive thinking and think for ourselves. The Chinese are taught how to pass tests.
quote: ask them to relate an answer to themselves and how they thought about it...crickets.