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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 FITCamaro on 7/8/2010 11:24:31 PM , Rating: 0
Why do you think I probably won't send my kids to public school? Its not about education anymore. Its about passing the test so the school gets funding and the teachers keep their jobs.

Where I went to school, teachers didn't have a union. Nor did they get paid much. The highest paid teacher in the school was $30,000 a year after 30 years. Teachers were teachers at my school because they wanted to teach (and not get shot at the public schools).

I am grateful to my parents that they sacrificed as much as they did to send us to private school. We could have lived in a big house, drove fancy cars, and went on extravagant vacations. Instead my parents made sure we got a good education.

Of course now it isn't mattering as much because our government seeks to reward those that agree with it. They set quotas so those that vote for them get a job, not the best qualified. I once got two emails at work in one day. The first was about how, as a company, we had to strive to have the best people for the job. The next was to please fill out a diversity survey since they wanted to make sure the employee base was adequately diverse.

Who gives a shit about diversity in business? I should say, who should? Diverse doesn't mean talented. You could have all blacks, hispanics, and asians. That isn't going to get your work done faster and better. Hire the best people for the job be they black, white, hispanic, asian, man, woman, whatever. We had a lady at work was there for over a year who did almost nothing. She had tons of complaints. She did no work. She would literally sit and browse the net all day or chat online. Why did she have a job for that long? Because she was black and we needed more diversity as a federal contractor.

But yes we will continue our downward spiral until this madness of rewarding mediocrity ends. Kids who truly are special should not be treated the same as every other kid. Liberals teach that we're all special. Bullshit. Some people are dumb as shit. Can they lead productive lives? Yes. But they're never going to be designing circuits or arguing in court. They shouldn't be the standard in schools. Teach them one way and teach the gifted kid another. If it makes them feel like they're stupid, well they are. Granted most people who aren't educated is because they don't try, not because they're not actually smart enough to do well.

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