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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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RE: IQ != education
By marvdmartian on 7/8/2010 3:55:17 PM , Rating: 2
Funny, I actually took it to mean, too, that there were fewer U.S. graduates who could score high on an IQ test. Further proof, imho, of the "dumbing down" of America.

Take a look at your typical 4 year college education, and some of the useless classes that are required. Take a look, too, at the fact that your typical professor is sometimes more willing to impress their students with thier political beliefs, than any real world facts. Combine that with the generally poorer preparation they have coming into higher education, and you end up with a college graduate that may not have the smarts that their parents or grandparents generation of graduates had in their day.

Let's not forget the educational standards that put more emphasis on standardized testing, from kindergarten up through high school, than they do on actually TEACHING the kids something, and making them use their brains and imagination. Oh, and let's not forget the fact that there are no winners, there are no losers, let's all just hold hands and sing kum-buy-ya and have a group hug mentality that does NOTHING to make the kids of this country want to excel in life.

Sadly, none of these "dumbed down" kids will be smart enough to get mad and do something about making certain their own kids don't go through the same mess.

RE: IQ != education
By JediJeb on 7/8/2010 4:54:39 PM , Rating: 2
If you think about it, that is exactly what the government would want, citizens that really don't know how to think for themselves and figure out what they are doing.

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