One of the more difficult parts of this assignment for my topic of intelligence and education is finding a specific time where there was a shift and finding research to prove that there was a switch at all. Here is the source that I found, however, that I think will lead to prove that there was indeed a shift, a shift where our nation discovered that testing has its flaws. http://library.cqpress.com/cqresearcher/document.php?id=cqresrre2001042004. I think this is relevant to what I am trying to argue because it displays a timeline of what legislation the government put in place from the sixties to now. There is a moment where the timeline states:
|Standards movement aims to improve school curriculums; states add testing, but national test is opposed.|
This the moment where it says that “national test is opposed”. Later, the timeline states “ Congress bans any moves toward national testing in 1998, reinforces prohibition in 1999.” This will act as proof that we indeed have transitioned from the testing frenzy (with the timeline showing the use of IQ tests and the development of the SAT). With this evidence that there is shift away from testing, I will then have to show that there is more of an emphasis on character intelligence. Here is an example of what I mean by character intelligence: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/18/magazine/what-if-the-secret-to-success-is-failure.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 . It talks about perseverance and how that may be just as important if not more important than having a high SAT score. I also want to emphasize the different types of intelligence; intelligence is simply not about books and academics, but about talent in something, such as art and music or writing. I still need to find a source about that. What this reflects about our culture is that we value character and special quirks over being completely book nerdy. Before, society created this commonplace that intelligence was about getting all As and scoring highly compared to others. Now, if someone doesn’t do particularly well, we do not necessarily categorize them as dumb. Instead we say, hey he or she might be amazing and this or that.