IQ’s positive points
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