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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 JediJeb on 7/8/2010 3:10:39 PM , Rating: 5
But when someone is mentally gifted you instill a stronger work ethic by challenging them with more difficult work, not just more work.

I agree with the OP though, it seems that today someone who is a gifted athlete is praised even if they are dumb as a box of rocks( and no I know many athletes that are very intelligent) while those who are gifted mentally are looked down upon. It is total discrimination to hold someone back who could be performing at a much higher level just to keep those who perform at a lower level from feeling bad about themselves. We fight discrimination against those who are mentally handicapped, yet we promote discrimination against those who are highly intelligent.

Not everyone is equal in every way. The world needs to get over this idea that everyone should be be equal even if you have to hold people down to make it happen.

By Lerianis on 7/8/2010 8:44:37 PM , Rating: 2
Right in one. Personally, I was tested as having an IQ of 150+ (they didn't have a scale that went any higher 23 years ago when I was tested).

Why did I have 'problems' in school? Because they were trying to 'teach' me things I already knew! When they finally realized that and started challenging me more by giving me stuff I didn't know to learn.... wow, my school problems stopped!

Our school systems are made for the middle 20% of people.... not for the other 40% who are below average or the 40% who are above average in intelligence and learning ability.

Not to mention they don't take into account people like myself who were extremely intelligent, yet had other problems, such as my writing disability (which has gotten worse over time, to the point where I cannot even read my own handwriting) and Apberger's Syndrome (mild, but still causes problems).

RE: High intelligence seems to be shunned in the US.
By crleap on 7/8/10, Rating: -1
By crleap on 7/12/2010 1:10:16 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, for the morons who rated down, I assume because you didn't understand what I was getting at... it's actually called Asperger's syndrome. There is no such thing as "Apbergers". But I suppose you probably knew that and hit the rate down button for another reason, right?

By YashBudini on 7/9/2010 11:43:28 PM , Rating: 1
"But when someone is mentally gifted you instill a stronger work ethic by challenging them with more difficult work, not just more work."

It must have purpose, else the person will not meet the challenge.

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