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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 18, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Thurlday, November IB, 1971 THE LETHBRIDCE HfRAlD 15 EARLY YULETIDE Losing no time in getting a jump on the Christmas season, this department store on the Glnza Street in Tokyo has a large illuminated Sontn Clous on its facade. The Japanese city is already alight with several such soles promotion dis- plays. PRINCETON, N..I. CAP) I less predictive, because inlclli- "How smart am I gence, as measured by tests, It's a lough question to an-: changes and grows, partly in re- jwer, but most people worry flection of what the child has about it- i learned. ERRONEOUS IDEA Yet today many occasionally to look at intelligence as a fixed element in the makeup of an in- dividual. It just isn't so at What is intelligence? A dic- tionary starts with "the ability to use one's knowledge and mental abilities to deal with one's environment." Clever. Shrewd. Savvy. Sharp. Mental acuity. Perception. Awareness. Acuteness. Yet with all of those words, intelligence is elusive. At one point even Webster verges on copping out by saying intelli- gence is that which is measured by an intelligence test. It may not be a cop-out after all. It may be the best definition. No one is sure whether such a thing as native intelligence ex- ists, after more than 100 years of trying to find it. People still try, but intelligence as anything but a concept still eludes them. When most experts talk about Intelligence tesls they start with a Frenchman named Alfred Binet. In the early 1900s. lie was asked by a French commission to devise some tests to predict how well youngsters would do in public schools. In the 1930s, Binet's test was revised by an American and called the Stanford-Binet. Today that test and the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Test are the two most widely-used devices ad- ministered individually in the United States- are also group tests least as measured by tests, A child is not fixed or frozen in space forever by his answers to any test at any particular mo- ment. Psychologists protest the mis- use of tests for instance when a teacher tells a student with a low test score that he shojild change his plans for the future. Or worse, when the teacher gives up on the youngster in the classroom. "I don't think we can mea- sure said Dr. Scania Anderson of the Educa- tional Testing Service in Prince- ton. 'I don't think we can mea- sure health either. How do you measure health? W e can mea- sure blood pressure, pulse, other things. Jn the mind we can measure some skills. But we can't measure intelligence. We have developed intelligence and health as concepts. They are sort of catch-alls for all kinds of proficiencies and defi- ciencies." For all their transient prob- lems, the quo- is generally accepted such as the California Test of i as a useful guide to perform- Mental Maturity. These tend to ance in school. Nevertheless, rely more on an individual's reading ability. The individual test is a useful item in the hands of a clinical psychologist. It is predictive of how well the youngster will do in school in the next year. Be- vond that it becomes less and few would be willing to lean on IQ scores alone as measure of a child. "I don' twanl to throw out all says Dr. Anderson. "I just want them used for reason- able and valid reasons "The key is to measure what ACME BILLIARDS ICTION SALE at the premises 246 13th St. N. Nov. 22nd at 7 p.m. TERMS CASH On offer: A Brunswick Monarch super speed cuinlon pool lables, 6x12 leather pockets, new felt, Al thape, 4 sets snooker balls 2 sols rotation balls 2 sols billiard balls 80 16 2 long euoi, 3 long rfiits, 6 racks, 4 ball rack. 4 tcls of fluorescent lights. 2 pop coolrrs, ihowcase, till. 2 doublo padded 5 singlo padded teatj, vacuum ond misc. Tim abovn Horns will bo on view Monday, Nov. 22 at 12 Noon till sola time. For further Information contact TED or KEITH at Hurlburt Auction Service Ltd. 1920 2nd Ave. S., Lolhbridgo Phono 328-4705 Most people a worry about it yon wnnt to measure, have some reason to make that mea- sure, and make sure the student knows what you want to know, Then keep in mind that the stu- dent can grow. "Tlie trouble with an Inetlli- gence test is Uiat it gives the idea of irrevcrsibility." Because of the widesprea( misconception that IQ scores don't change, most schools don't like to tell a parent what their child scored. Besides that among parents of bright chil- dren, it becomes n weapon in one-upmanship. The child fre- quently suffers. A persistent question is whether or not there are cul- tural or socio-economic differ- ences hi intelligence, either be- cause of upbringing or genetics. Dr. Arthur R. Jensen, a Cali- fornia psychologist, claims that blacks are genetically less intel- ligent than whites. Similar claims have been msde by oilier exports and pseudo ex- perts over the years. They have attracted controversy, but nev- er acceptance. At a recent meeting in New York City, Jensen's claims were roundly attacked by other psy- chologists. Ona reported that black children in the northern U.S. score higher on intelligence tests than either white or black children from the same eco- nomic groups in the South. Oth- ers at the meeting seemed to agree that unconscious racial bias in schools tended to put blacks in an inferior position in terms of school-measured suc- cess. The U.S. Supreme Court in March disallowed the use of in- telligence tests or the require- ment of n high school diploma as a condition for employment when neither standard is shown to be related to successful job performance, or when they tend to disqualify Negroes at a higher rate than whites. Most of tlio advocates of test- ing would agree that tests must not become the masters of rc- Unfortunately they often do. One expert in Washington de- fended the use of tests in spite of il. 'Tests can misused. But atomic energy cnn be mis- used. Thnt should not be the measure." Find skin allergy CHRISTCHtmCH, N.Z. (Rou- ter) A U.S. professor said Thursday IK has discovered that some people arc allergic to their own skins. Prof. Brian McCnbe of the University of Iowa, a leading authority on i ear, nose end throat diseases, said he had seven patients with UK disease. It was curable. PAKISTANI IlKh'FrrS BOMBAY (AD Shahialian Miya, a staff member of Paki- stan's deputy high commission here, has sought asylum in India, police confirmed Thurs- day. Miya, who has been in the service, for 111 years, his wife nnd three children have Ix-cn given spccir.l protection pending a decision in his re- quest. U.S.1 passes plan that could harm Canada WASHINGTON (CP) Senate Wednesday voted ap- proval or the DISC proposal, a scheme Canada has said could hurt Iwr export business and also add to Canadian unemploy- ment. Approval came as the Senate voted to 28 against an amendment that would have knocked the Domestic Interna- tional Sales Corporation idea out of the bill now under debate and replaced it with a imre moderate idea. The amendment, proposed by Senator Fred Harris (Dem. Okla.) would have carried little or no threat to Canada. Canadian officers have said the plan as now written could harm Canada by encouraging U.S. exporters to export heavily to Canada and give the U.S. an edge in markets where the U.S. and Canada compete. Finance Minister E. J. Benson of Canada has said that in influ- encing the relocation home of U.S. plants now operating in Canada, the plan could lead to a massive exodus of manufactur- ing jobs from Canada. Harris and other U.S. critics have charged thai the DISC plan, under which firms manu- facturing for export could defer tax payments on much of their income amounts to a billion-, dollar Uix loophole for business His plan also would have en- couraged subsidiaries to relo- cate back to the U.S. and em- ploy Americans but would have Sulphur stockpile scheme scrapped EDMONTON (CP) The new Progressive Conservative government of Alberta has scrapped a proposal for volun- tary stockpiling of sulphur by producers in the province, Mines and Minerals Minister Bill Dickie says. The plan, proposed by the former Social Credit govern- ment, is being dropped because it could place producers in a position where they might be prosecuted by the federal gov- ernment, he said in a state- ment. Mr. Dickie was commenting on reports that the Issue of sul- phur stockpiling in Alberta had been raised in the combines in- vestigation branch of the feder- al government. Mr. Dickie said he discussed the problem with federal offi- cials in Ottawa this week but added that it had not been de- termined whether such stock- piling would be allowed under the new Competition Act. "They (federal officials) seem to be looking at export provi- sions differently under the new act than they did under the Combines Investigation Act. But it's still in the discussion stage." Stockpiling was suggested by the former Social Credit gov- ernment because the price of sulphur dropped drastica 11 y. Tile government receives roy- alties from sulphur production. removed what DISC critics term a tax bonanza for big busi- ness. .Since the DISC plan was no! included in the House of Repre- sentatives version of the tax bill it will come up for discussion at a House-Senate conference to reach a compromise on the two versions. Tiic compromise tax bill must be approved by both chambers and signed by President Nixon before it becomes law. But since the Senate, House and Nixon administration all favor DISC in one form or an- other, some version is expected io gain final approval. DISC criMcs have said that since the plan v.ould permit tax deferral for maybe 15 years, it in fact would amount to a tax exemption. Required Immediately FRONT END ALIGNMENT TECHNICIAN (SPECIALIST) For fast growing Mercury dealership, lileul working con- ditions and unusual company benefits. CONTACT: G. J. 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