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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 kattanna on 7/8/2010 3:42:45 PM , Rating: 2
i was told once long ago when i was expelled out of high school that the system only really knows how to deal with the middle 80%. they dont know how to deal properly with the top and bottom 10%

while school was always incredibly easy to me and thus boring, what really started my slide out was when we moved back to california from oregon in my 8th grade year.

even though all my placement tests stated i had at least a 1st year college placement, except english which was a 12th grade placement, they made me retake all the same classes again because "we have a harder curriculum here in california". awesomeness! then after the first couple months the teachers here in LA went on strike and i had teachers paying some of us not to go to class.

LOL yeah california, you made an awesome impression on me alright.

after that i basically gave up on school as they were not in fact teaching me anything.

so the next year they gave me new placement tests and an IQ test and where shocked at how well i did, cause they simply thought i was an idiot because i was getting straight F's and D's.

needless to say things didnt improve because i had no teachers that could challenge me in any way but my geometry teacher. he at first thought me being in his class was a mistake but i quickly corrected that and he actually only allow me to do the hardest questions, which most could never get, so i had a challenge.

sadly, thats an isolated example as more were like my "computer" teacher who had taken a class over the summer to learn the subject to teach. it only took a couple weeks into the class when everyone stopped going to her for help on anything and instead came to me. she literally handed out assignments and then proceeded to read a book or something. she hated me. awesome teaching CA!

anyways after the 1st month of 11th grade i never went back.

By afkrotch on 7/8/2010 9:09:35 PM , Rating: 2
School was so easy. I never got a challenge from the teachers, I challenged myself. It was, "complete my homework within the time alloted to move between classes", which was like 5 minutes. I graduated with Honors.

Only class I enjoyed was anything to do with math. Algebra, Calculus, Trig, etc. I did fail Speech my Sophomore year. It was the 2nd time I took it. I passed Speech my Freshman year, but they made me take it again since the new High School I moved to had it as a Sophomore class. I wasn't about to do the same crap again.

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