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Only approximately 1 percent of the world's population scores a 140 or higher on IQ tests.  (Source: Talking Rainbow)
Says lower IQ rates will help it deal with smaller U.S. talent pool

The 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.



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By Regected on 7/8/2010 12:11:48 PM , Rating: 5
Your analogy echos my experience from childhood. Going into kindergarten, I scored over 180 on an IQ test, and was put into the "gifted and talented" program. That program spanned my entire elementary education and incorporated lessons in critical thinking and self education. Once in middle school and onward, the only placement was honors classes. Honors classes were nothing more than doing double the homework. I went from straight A's to a D student because I saw no point in proving that I had learned the material 200 times a night.

The "No Child Left Behind" initiative also meant that no child was allowed to accelerate. My high school experience was dotted with just 2-3 teachers who understood I was a quicker learner than most every other student. The majority of the time, we were taught at the lowest level of student in the class. It was ridiculous to have to relearn the quadratic equation in algebra II or what a prepositional phrase was in english III. The worst situation was the push to pass the state wide standardized test. 15 minutes of every class period was devoted to working sample problems, most of which had no tie to the class at hand. Imagine doing history questions in science class or math problems in english.

By not allowing students to fall behind, the teachers can't push even average students to learn more above and beyond the basic curriculum. The end result is a lower overall average educational level.


By Azure Sky on 7/8/2010 1:26:39 PM , Rating: 2
I had a similar experience with being ahead of most of my peers, but I was tagged ADHD because OUT OF PURE BOREDOM I would goof off, so they started drugging me(school threatened to kick me out if my parents wouldnt have the doc put me on medication to make me sit and shut up..)

In jr.high I had a few really great teachers, one of them took a class of "rejects"(sped and problem child types) and ended up taking us all the way up to HS level in math, higher then she took her "gifted" classes in the end, and EVERYBODY got it, because if somebody wasnt getting it, she would either try and teach them a different way to do the problem OR would let us teach eachother(sometimes its easier to learn from somebody closer to your own age)

it was great, then highschool came, what a sad joke, they put me in sped math that was STUPID just packet work, that only went up to pre-geom, and when u got done they started you back at 1+1....(not kidding)

In science classes I excelled despite rarely if ever doing the homework or cracking a book, biology I passed with a C, would have been an a+ had i been willing to do all the busywork type homework they assigned, but I did at most 5% of it(if that) it was just to boring, it was all just looking up and copying lines from the text book(no learning involved saddly)

They put me in accounting because I liked computers(OI!!!) I finished the terms work in the first 2 weeks(was all on the server, just putting crap in excel and setting formula's in excel, all stuff I could do in my sleep) rest of that class i sat and read the psychology book somebody had left in the room on a shelf, saddly i couldnt get them to let me take psyke, I could have passed it without doing any home work either :P

English: My spelling sucks, but my vocab is HUGE, my sr eng teacher started referring to me as a human thesaurus because by the time he could grab the book and help somebody look up some words i woud have rattled off 5 or so of the options ;)

My best exp in school was having the computer teacher(not accounting teacher) endup having me teach most of the computer repair class after i took apart and re-assembled the pc in the time it took her to explain to the class that we where going to take apart and re-assemble the systems.

Oh that and making the biology teacher I had look like the stupid cu*t she was, giving students false info, like saying that we dont have any mosquitoes in the NW that can carry any form of communicable disease when we had some that could carry a few different diseases one that had been on the news for months(some virus)

bah, same shit happens in my adult life tho, because I am a big goofy red headed geek I have people constantly think Im not as smart as I really am.....but hey sometimes thats a good thing, keeps them from asking me for to much or expecting to much from me(I hate people wanting me to fix their computers for free :P )


By JediJeb on 7/8/2010 3:14:35 PM , Rating: 2
I know exactly how that is. Very similar to what happened to me in school.


By skirvmi on 7/9/2010 3:38:53 PM , Rating: 2
I realize that these tests are less accurate when you are younger, but 180 IQ? Less than 1 in 4,000,000 people have an IQ this high. Not necessarily calling shenanigans but this seems unlikely. Calling a 180 IQ gifted may be a bit of an understatement.


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