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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 chunkymonster on 7/8/2010 2:31:59 PM , Rating: 0
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!).

What you are noticing here is the culmination of 40 years of failed social experiments and the liberal influence on the American educational system. It is the "touchy-feel-good" socialist democrat and liberal thinking that has spawned two generations of apathetic and shiftless youth that have been raised to believe that they are owed what should be earned, that need to be rewarded for doing what is expected, and are unable to think for themselves and must be directed at every turn.

RE: High intelligence seems to be shunned in the US.
By xyxer on 7/8/2010 3:48:24 PM , Rating: 2
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 ?

By Tuor on 7/8/2010 4:17:28 PM , Rating: 1
Let's say 1% of Chinese have an IQ above 140, and 10,000 of them apply, you end up with 100 qualified Chinese applicants. If 100 Americans apply and 1% of them have the requisite IQ, then you end up with only 1 qualified American applicant; if you want 5 American applicants, you have to either get more people (5x as many) to apply or lower the arbitrary IQ value.

And if the Soviets were smarter than we were, why did they live under such a tyrannical and backwards government and why did their technological advancement always trail our own in almost every field? The proof is in the pudding.

RE: High intelligence seems to be shunned in the US.
By xyxer on 7/9/2010 6:54:36 PM , Rating: 3
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.

By afkrotch on 7/8/2010 9:03:30 PM , Rating: 1
Bleum Inc. is an outsourcing company in China. Who do you think applies the most for the jobs? Chinese living in China or Americans who would have to move to China for the job?

Of course there's going to be more Chinese with higher IQs, when more of them are going to apply for the jobs.

By chunkymonster on 7/9/2010 9:50:12 AM , Rating: 1
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 ?
In America, yes the liberal thinking social democrats are responsible for the "dumming down" of the American education system. It is the progressive mind set that introduced moral relativism, social acceptance over achievement, and pushed for classification of demographics over equality under the law. All you need to do is look into any city or State that has implemented the progressive educational agenda to recognize that those students are lower achievers compared to schools and institutions that take a conservative approach to education.

And, no, the article did not state or imply that the Chinese people as a whole have higher IQ's than Americans. If China does have more people with an IQ over 140 than America it is a function of the size of the population compared to America; a function of having a population of over 1.3 Billion people compared to 310 Million in America. Just from the numbers, all things being equal, I hope China has more people with an IQ over 140 compared to America.

Lastly, if you honestly believe that during the Cold War the Soviet Union as a whole was "smarter" than America, I would argue that given the fall of the Soviet Union and given that America has been, is, and will continue to be a solvent and sovereign nation that you rethink your position and stop believing revisionist history.

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