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I was kind of wondering that myself.  Does the author address IQ testing and
the role it plays in LD diagnostic?  I don't have much knowledge of either
IQ tests or the LD tests.   But those of you who do--what do you think?
Sharon

Sharon Hagy
Basic Skills Specialist
Mt. Hood Community College
(503) 491-7590
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> I wonder what abandoning IQ testing would do for diagnosing people with
> learning disabilities?
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> Samantha Winn
> Marymount University
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> > Hi, folks,
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> > I'm back after a long absence due to too much work in the trenches.
> >
> > Great book:
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> > Richardson, Ken. The Making of Intelligence. London: Weidenfeld &
> > Nicolson, 1999.
> >
> > I like a good argument, and this book provides. Richardson is not afraid
> > to trash the whole endeavor of testing for and basing educational
> > measures on Intelligence Quotients. He argues articulately that not only
> > do IQ tests not really specify what they're testing, but that most
> > psychologists studying Intelligence disagree profoundly about what
> > intelligence is. He discredits "g" as anything but cultural bias, shows
> > how genetics could have very little to do with a feature like
> > intelligence even if it existed, and demonstrates how supposedly
> > "culture-free" intelligence tests based on abstract shapes are the most
> > culture-laden tests of all. I'm sure he's already receiving bagsful of
> > hate-mail from psychologists.
> >
> > In short, he derides IQ tests & the whole "science" that supports them
> > as a case of the Emperor's New Clothes (very few other sciences study
> > something so assiduously that cannot be demonstrated to exist), and
> > exposes the endeavor as the racist and classist project that it is.
> >
> > I suppose you can detect my own biases creeping into this short review.
> > I do think it is in the interests of  us (who insist that people can in
> > fact learn how to learn) to lob as many explosive munitions in the
> > direction of IQ testing (and notions that intelligence is heritable and
> > basically inalterable) as we can.
> >
> > Steve Runge
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