Essay 1 - Jonathan Davey 1 In the 1920's and 1930's when psychologists were giving IQ tests to children to determine if they were handicapped or

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Jonathan Davey 1 In the 1920’s and 1930’s when psychologists were giving IQ tests to children to determine if they were handicapped or not, it was a life-changing event. If found to have a low IQ or an IQ comparable to that of being mentally retarded, a child would be condemned to an institution for the rest of his or her life. This is something that Urie Bronfenbrenner and his father experienced first hand while Urie’s father was a physician at a state institution in upstate New York. The child that was born with inherent characteristics that made him or her inept to be handicap was not given any chance to perform in an environment that would be conducive to his or her development. I believe that this same kind of treatment is going on today with the social classes of America (e.g. – poor, middle, and upper). Although it is possible for someone with a high IQ to be born in a poor socioeconomic class, the education, and the environment that the child would be raised in would only hinder that child’s ability to grow intellectually. The United States is broken down into three socioeconomic classes: poor, middle, and upper; and children born in the lowest will be considered to be less intelligent than those born in the upper class. I was born a white, male to a middle class family; the only child to be blessed to my parents. After birth I was not found to have any defects, deformities, mental or physical handicaps, or any life-threatening medical conditions. Both of my parents were intelligent
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This essay was uploaded on 04/19/2008 for the course PSYC 205 taught by Professor Goldstein during the Spring '08 term at Samford.

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Essay 1 - Jonathan Davey 1 In the 1920's and 1930's when psychologists were giving IQ tests to children to determine if they were handicapped or

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