ANSWER EACH QUESTION
Mary Jo Bane and Christopher Jencks argue that if intelligence is inherited there is nothing the schools or anyone can do to improve a child’s chances in life. Below are five “myths” Bane and Jencks say are commonly accepted as true. What do you think? Using your own experience, respond to each “myth.”
- IQ tests are the best measure of human intelligence.
- The poor are poor because they have low IQs. Those with high IQs end up in well-paid jobs.
- Your IQ is overwhelmingly determined by your genetic endowment.
- The main reason African American children and poor, white children have low IQ scores is that they have “bad” genes.
- Improving the quality of the schools will go a long way toward wiping out the differences in IQ and school achievement and, therefore, in children’s life chances.