IQ’s pos­i­tive points

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In the fea­ture “An acid test for IQ” (29 Novem­ber), Ken­neth Richard­son tells us of “the dark, ide­o­log­i­cal side of IQ test­ing: its roots in the eu­gen­ics move­ment”.

Why not just con­sider for a mo­ment the pos­i­tive work of its pi­o­neers, such as Sir God­frey Hilton Thom­son (1881-1955)? He worked to de­velop tests that were not sim­ply mea­sures of past learn­ing so that ru­ral school chil­dren could go on to ap­pro­pri­ate sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion. Sir Cyril Lu­dowic Burt (1883-1971) was also keen to see as many work­ing­class chil­dren as pos­si­ble ben­e­fit from a se­lec­tive ed­u­ca­tion.

R. E. Rawles

Hon­orary re­search fel­low in psy­chol­ogy UCL

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