Why we need educational reform

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All this having been said, the one obstacle for high-IQ people that average-IQ people don’t have to deal with is education. Education on the global sense, and specifically public education in first-world nations, is built around the center of the Bell curve, focusing almost all of its energy and effort onto the 90% of the population centered within 10% of the statistical mean for IQ. (IIRC in the US this is centering on a mean IQ of 104, or covering a range of about 90 to about 120.) The farther from the center of the curve you are, and this applies for both over and under, the less effective commonly-employed methods of education are for you. When you reach the top or bottom 10% you’re at the edge of the current system’s usefulness, and the falloff is exponential after that. I placed at the top 0.2% as a middle-schooler, and had already come to the realization that the only benefit I derived from public education as of that point was in developing social skills – I wasn’t actually learning anything to speak of in school and was doing most of my new skillset acquisition on my own by reading and through hobbies. High-IQ folks and low-IQ folks both need specialized instruction in order to maximize the usefulness of what they have, and while this is pretty widely available to varying degrees for the lower end of the curve (e.g. special classes for students with learning disabilities), there’s not as much available for the upper end (aside from things like magnet programs that cater to exceptional students, but these are often incomplete). This is the principal barrier that relates to IQ, and it directly penalizes the abnormal, whether high or low, but works out more or less ideally for the average.


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