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Staples and Hirsch

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Greta Streed Staples & Hirsch Reading Response Staples excerpt was something I could only too readily agree with. He writes that “most scientists concede that they don’t really know what “intelligence” is”. How can we have tests to measure “intelligence” when we don’t know what it is? He also writes that “there exist no plausible data to make the case. Belief to the contrary rests mainly on brutal preconceptions about poverty, but also on a basic confusion between pseudoscience and the real thing”. We count on tests like the SAT to tell colleges how smart we are, as if a scantron could deem someone an acceptable or unacceptable fit for a college. We assume that this long honored test is a worthy judge of character, a way to weed out those who will succeed from those who won’t. My best friend in high school, if you had a conversation with her, was one of the dumbest people you’ll ever meet. She got a 1900 on her SAT and graduated with a 4.0 because she knows how to work a test. A boy in one of my classes was one of the most promising film makers and photographers I’ve ever seen, he was a genius behind a lens. He applied to USC’s film school
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