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  1. Jeremy Battle Jeremy Battle

    Since I was 9, my argument against IQ, in a nutshell, has been…. who cares if you can tell me what comes next in the series 7, 3, 10, 4, 14, if you never brought the numbers together in there first place. In other words, it takes a creativity/intelligence to bring a fruitful combination of things together. Decades later, my perspective as a child, became someone's PhD theory – See Heuristic/Analytic theory of Reasoning………..http://download.springer.com/static/pdf/820/art%253A10.3758%252FBF03193858.pdf?originUrl=http%3A%2F%2Flink.springer.com%2Farticle%2F10.3758%2FBF03193858&token2=exp=1486047188~acl=%2Fstatic%2Fpdf%2F820%2Fart%25253A10.3758%25252FBF03193858.pdf%3ForiginUrl%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Flink.springer.com%252Farticle%252F10.3758%252FBF03193858*~hmac=41fefeb029b1f9c3db814e97f750b210abe9238dc66174889b36d5672d68c381

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  2. Katie Wells Katie Wells

    He sounds like Olaf.

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  3. Lucas Gabriele Lucas Gabriele

    it fails cause some teachers still use a chalk boards instead of modern day resources like whiteboards, projection screens for math classes like my 8th grade teacher Mr.Clemente in upstate New York had or even use old VCR or DVD's on the current topic there teaching about in there 40 minute class period

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  4. IronNautilus IronNautilus

    Who else was expecting him to hop on that drumset behind him and start rocking out?

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  5. Andrew Evans Andrew Evans

    We should learn these lessons in primary and secondary schools.http://www.fairtest.org/get-involved/opting-out

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  6. Chan Soman Chan Soman

    I cannot listen to this garbage anymore.

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  7. Epcot lp Epcot lp

    I have a terrible memory and am incredibly creative but I have an easy time getting good scores on standardized testing.

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  8. dreamcatcherr2002 dreamcatcherr2002

    I am preparing for the GMAT right now, I have a Bachelors in Computer Science and a Masters In Computer Science with a 3.8 GPA, 10 years of full time engineering work experience and I still find the test extremely hard. These tests are written to trick. Testing to check your knowledge is different from testing to see if you can be tricked. The questions are worded in twisted and confusing ways that makes the test so hard. Some students might be successful and others may not be as much. Standardized testing does not test a candidates true capability, it just measures the output of one test on that one particular day, how in the world can that be accurate ?

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  9. Bruce John Wayne Bruce John Wayne

    I think schools must have some level of standardized testing. If you go to school for 13 years, you better have a descent ability to do algebra, read and write. If you are an American student and you can't perform basic algebra and English skills, than what have you and your teachers been doing in school for 13 years. School is about paper work: the ability to obtain and transfer knowledge by means of pen (or other drawing instruments) and paper: graphs, essays, reports, syllogisms,  punctuation, algebraic formulas, etc.

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  10. Jay Young Jay Young

    Standardized testing may have harmed many in that they do not test to a person's talents.  I know someone who never tested well but maintained straight A's in her major:  Spanish.  In fact, whatever the language she took, she straight A'd, except for Latin which gave a B result.  So shouldn't the people doing the testing wonder how someone who didn't do well on standard testing did so well in languages?  Maybe that same person didn't do so well in spatial relations but did well in languages.  Then, too, we have this to take into consideration.  He/she born to professional parents, say, a doctor and a lawyer, or two lawyers, has a head start in that they're exposed to vocabulary as a norm rather than learning.  Someone the child of an attorney has the jump going into, say, Econ 101 since he/she already is at home with the vocabulary and many economic themes, not to mention knowing who John Maynard Keynes, or Milton Friedman, or Adam Smith, J. K. Galbraith, among others.  So standardized testing simply is a way of managing numbers but harming, even destroying, many in the process.

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  11. intj176 intj176

    Mr. Sternberg's presentation is littered with logical fallacies. It does not follow that because he succeeded in life despite having performed badly on an IQ test that IQ tests are bad any more than it follows that because a successful football player once performed badly on tryouts that tryouts are bad. Certainly there are reasons for poor performance on mental assessments besides a deficiency in the target of assessment; anxiety, hunger, fatigue, for example.  But this is true of any assessment, including the assessments – "creative," "wisdom," "practical," – he recommends we add to the repertoire of existing assessments. 

    Also, aside from being a disanalogy, his analogy between medical tests and IQ tests is historically inaccurate. First, it is a disanalogy because IQ tests are more akin to math tests than they are to medical tests because IQ tests gauge raw reasoning and problem-solving ability where as medical tests gauge familiarity with a continually expanding body of knowledge. Second, it is historically inaccurate because IQ tests have in fact been refined and updated since their introduction 100 years ago. 

    His comments about meritocracy being the original impetus behind standardized tests but that they wound up largely maintaining the status quo assume that the rich are not meritocratic; thus, the tests reflect socioeconomic status independently of merit. But this is not warranted. It may be the case that the status quo remains mostly, but not entirely, unchanged because the rich tend to be smarter to begin with, and smart begets smart. This of course does not jibe with Mr. Sternberg's fanciful ideas, and so it must be rejected. 

    Standardized tests give bright and ambitious members of the lower strata of society an opportunity to climb the social ladder. Statistically, bright people are rare, and they are even rarer among the lower strata of society. Thus it should not be surprising that not many members of the lower strata climb the social ladder. But meritocracy is not egalitarianism. Nor should it be. 

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  12. Be the First Be the First

    I was never a great test taker. I was a creative and a philosophical individual throughout my school years, but never one outperforming others in the areas of standardized testing, which favored visual students who loved problem-solving. Because of that, I always thought that I was a below average student, a mindset that drove me to subpar academic performance and then, community college. But then, a professor recognized my talent in writing and philosophy, and praised me for ability to do academically well for the first time. Through her, I went on to UC Berkeley, got an English degree with Magna Cum Laude attached to my name, and have accomplished a slew of things within the institution that I never would've dream of back in high school. Looking back, I realized how standardized testing doesn't really correlate to one's ability, and in fact does not recognize students who are highly tactile and auditory and imaginative.

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  13. Elfenignis Elfenignis

    I wish I knew if Mr. Sternberg was a conservative republican, or a liberal democrat. He shows all the signs of being a conservative. He has a low iq, issues with fear, and he feels fit for leadership positions. He dosen't like the results of a test he took, so he wants to change the test?

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  14. Zeegoner Zeegoner

    why was this idiot allowed on a TED talk?

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  15. Yaar Muhammad Yaar Muhammad

    loved this video 

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  16. TyTy B. TyTy B.

    Yes exactly I'm a junior in high school and m so frustrated, i am a very intelligent hard working diligent student that will do great in the work and college field! I've ACED every standardized  test I've ever taken so far since the 3rd grade (level 4's) and i just got a 1360…on the SAT test. 1360!!! I know I can retake it but bottom line, I am NOT a dumb student, for one i didn't complete many questions or the essay (not enough time) and for two, if i were to send that score in to colleges I'd immediately get overlooked and judged by that ONE test which is incompatible with my ACTUAL academic habits and abilities. That's fair? I don't think so. I'd be great in college, standardized testing is a joke. 

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  17. An Nguyen An Nguyen

    Tough crowd.

    XD

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  18. Paul Kudla Paul Kudla

    This video inspired my daughter's valedictorian speech. It seems youtube will not allow me to place a linl in the comments so if you're interested, search " amCoodlah " She has only one video.

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  19. ja524309 ja524309

    Notice how these statistics are being presented in a way that obviously involves cherry picking results: 7:47 Why only the first year? Probably because the other years didn't give the desired outcome of the researchers.

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