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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 TSS on 7/8/2010 9:11:50 PM , Rating: 3
This is a western culture problem not just an american one.

I'm Dutch and when i was 13, i was in my 2nd freshman year in the highest level of eduction in highschool. Most of the stuff bored me but i always liked history lessons. The 1st year was interesting (and we had a great teacher), so i happely started working ahead as soon as the 2nd year started.

After 1 month, the teacher asked why i wasn't doing anything in class, and i responded that i was already 2 months ahead (3 months of work done, no joke) and i'd rather do nothing then get 4 months ahead because it was getting ridicolous.

The teacher promptly *punished* me with detention and 1000 "i shall not work ahead" in writing for working too far ahead. Needless to say, i didn't do the writing but i did not lift a finger for 5 months straight, as thats just the guy i am. I still managed to get a C but i failed the year on similar issues in other classes and dropped out of highschool the year after that.

Currently, i'm on a disability check and i'm the richest person in my direct enviroment. I've even got more then double the money my dad has ever seen in his entire life, having worked maybe 6 months in my entire life. And he's a classical music sheet composer.

Honestly it's why i keep hoping there will be a revolution. This society is so decadent that it's not even funny anymore. It needs to decend into chaos like so many before it that the next generation may rise and surpass us.

Oh wait we buried them in debt. Ohwell maybe the generation after that....

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