Intelligence Theorists


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This is a "time travel" esk meeting between Lisa Delpit and Louis Thurstone. They decide to discuss their ideas on intelligence in order to better understand the topic.

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  • Louis, I feel that it would be beneficial to share our ideas on intelligence so that we might gain from one another's experience and in turn become better versions of ourselves. What do you think?
  • Great idea! Lets take a walk and discuss.
  • What would you say is most important when considering intelligence among young students?
  • Do tell.
  • Well Lisa, I beleive that there are seven primary mental abilities to be measured. All of them are equally important.
  • Verbal comprehension, reasoning, perceptual speed, numerical ability, word fluency, associative memory, and spatial visualization should be considered when measuring one's intelligence.
  • What do you mean?
  • That is a great list, but what if we thought more in the abstract about intelligence?
  • Well, to quote Albert Einstein, "Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid."
  • Everyone has different abilities and experiences. We can't all be judged by the same tests or standards to determine our intelligence.
  • I'm not sure I am following you Lisa.
  • So you're saying we should focus on the individual as opposed to a test?
  • But what about my theory?
  • That's exactly what I am saying Louis! Student intelligence is more than just data gathered from tests! We need to learn to look at the world through their eyes in order to understand what they are capable of.
  • You have an excellent theory, and students should be tested in order to measure their growth and progress. However, intelligence shouldn't be based on test results. It should be based on who a person is, all things considered.
  • You know, you're pretty intelligent Delpit. All things considered.
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