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#2 is you'll find that many people are accepted who don't have the high SATs, but they have some degree of distinction in something else because the competitive colleges don't want just a bunch of people who are good at getting As, they want diversity.
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ACT and SAT each have their own parts of the country. The GRE has its lock on graduate admissions. And so, one could blame the companies, but really, economically, they have no incentive to change things very much because they're getting the business.
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All of the studies we do in my group are quantified.
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And if we don't have a test, what we may end up doing is going back to what this country has done before. We could use social class and we still do, but in the 50s, it was, do you have the right last name and are your parents in privileged positions?
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And in order to succeed in later life, you need creative skills because look at how fast the world is changing.
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And so, you can do hundreds and hundreds of studies showing a general factor and just so long as you restrict your populations, your testing materials and the kinds of situations you look at, you can keep finding the same wrong thing again and again.
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But in any case, I did poorly on the tests and so, in the first three years of school, I had teachers who thought I was stupid and when people think you're stupid, they have low expectations for you.
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But my concern, given the relatively low predictability of the tests is that there may be people who have tremendous talents, creative and practical talents, who, because they don't do well on these tests, never get the chance to show what they really could do in important jobs.
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But what many psychologists have done, probably because they did well on a test themselves and everyone wants high self esteem, is to create this little box and then do their research inside it.
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I've taught statistics, math courses and what I've found is that often if you teach them algebraically the formulas, you'll have one group of kids doing well.
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If there's going to be an SAT, it's probably practical to invest in a book or perhaps in a course, but I'm sorry to say, I went to some classes that my kids took and it was clear in school that what they were doing was just SAT training.
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If you bore them to death and say, this hurts me more than it hurts you, #A, they're not going to believe it, and #B, they're going to invest their time in other things anyway.
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If you're not adapting to the very rapidly changing environment, if you can't think creatively, you lose big in this society because there are very few jobs for you left.
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In my case, I had a fourth grade teacher who thought I was smart, for whatever reason. She had high expectations. She wasn't satisfied to say, you have a low IQ, so you should be a crummy student. And so, I started being an A student to meet her expectations and that turned around my career.
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In other words, if a teacher only teaches in one way, then they conclude that the kids who can't learn well that way don't have the ability, when, in fact, it may be that the way the teacher's teaching is not a particularly good match to the way those kids learn.
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In other words, the better they did on the IQ test, the worse they did on the practical test and the better they did on the practical tests, the worse they did on the IQ test.
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In other words, unlike some people with new theories, we will go out, we'll go into a school and we get products and the products are evaluated, whether it's by teachers or others. The scores are quantified and then we compare performances.
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IQ is a mess for me in that when I was very young, I did really poorly on IQ tests.
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It's not a question of getting rid of the SAT, it's that the SAT, I believe, as it's now constituted, is too narrow.
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Passion is the quickest to develop, and the quickest to fade. Intimacy develops more slowly, and commitment more gradually still.
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Research has shown that IQ type tests account for about 10% of the variation in how successful people are in various aspects of their adult lives.
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So, for example, if a child is labeled as having a learning disability, it has very concrete consequences for the kinds of services and potentially accommodations that child will get.
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The first is, what our studies show is that if kids learn creatively and practically, they learn better, even if the tests are for memory.
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The problem is that there are very few technologies that essentially haven't changed for 60, 70 years.
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The problem isn't quite with the SAT, it's with the use of it. What we need to do is include other kinds of abilities, such as creative and practical abilities and at the same time, recognize that they're modifiable, that all these tests can do is give us an approximate reading at a given time.
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The three parts of the theory are analytical ability, the ability to analyze things to judge, to criticize. Creative, the ability to create, to invent and discover and practical, the ability to apply and use what you know.
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There is no recipe to be a great teacher, that's what is unique about them.
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To the Kenyan families, school doesn't really matter because none of them are going on to college. Almost all of drop out of school and so, they're spending their time learning things that are important to them.
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Well, first of all, we did lots of studies where we show practical intelligence doesn't correlate with G. We have probably two dozen studies that practical intelligence better predicts job success than IQ.
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Well, I don't think that the SAT is a scam.
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Well, I think it's a waste of time to train for the SATs five years ahead of time.
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When I grew up, there were no computers that anyone used, except for the big scientists. There was no internet, there were no VCRs.
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