Post by aggelosstamos on Sept 29, 2017 20:06:50 GMT
One of the many tests immigrants faced in the past years upon entering north American countries was an IQ test, in which many got relatively low scores. If we gave the same IQ tests to their children or their grandchildren we would find that their scores would be almost certainly higher. These findings were extremely eye opening in the debate between intelligence being a matter of nature vs nurture as genetics don’t work that quickly. This meant that they environmental aspect play an important role. One example of this environmental contribution can found in the simple fact that this test was English, which wasn’t the immigrants first language but was for their children. Additionally, immigrants came to Canada for better living condition which means that their children were subjects to a better educational system. To add on this IQ may have also included ideas and scenarios these immigrants may not have had schemas for. For instance a scenario in which having pets that they might have considered as farm animals, thus not being able to adapt to that scenario and respond correctly. To sum up these illustrate the potential difference on IQ tests and are all reasons why these tests are criticized.