The subpar revelation

STANFORD-BINET is the old-school intelligence test, and it’s been in operation since 1916.

When I was a public school student back before the Boer War, it was routinely given to students, but the results were not revealed. It was just for the staff to know, a teaching aid. Guess they didn’t want pupils to either get a big head or an inferiority complex, depending.

However, my mother was an Eighth Grade teacher in my school for a spell, and she looked into my file and told me the score. Also, she administered the test to me a second time at home. I know the score on that one too. There was about a 10-point spread between the two.

So I’m swifter on some days than on others.

But with either score, I could easily have lived in Garrison Keillor’s hometown of Lake Wobegone where all the kids are above average. Surely, this does not come as a surprise to you.

However, it just recently dawned on me that if the average IQ is 100 on the Stanford-Binet that means, of course, that half the population is above the norm and half is below it. I had never thought of that specifically.


dumbIt means that one out of two people are below average in intelligence, 50 freaking percent.

This explains so many things: Religious wars, text messaging while driving, and Obama’s re-election. It explains why about half of Americans vote Democrat and half vote Republican.

But, aside from that, think about it: Half the people you run into every day aren’t very bright, maybe even retarded. It’s enough to make you want to just stay home and write junk on the computer screen.