Thursday, March 10, 2011

Book Beginnings: March 11, 2011


This meme is hosted by Katy at A Few More Pages
How to participate: Share the first line (or two) of the book you are currently reading. Include the title and the author so we know what you're reading. Then, if you feel so moved, let us know what your first impressions were based on that first line, and let us know if you liked or did not like the sentence. The link-up will be here at A Few More Pages every Friday.

I have finally started reading IQ: How Psychology Hijacked Intelligence by Stephen Murdoch. Yes, my brother wrote this book and yes, I have guilt that I haven't read it yet (it was published in 2007!). Here are the the US (left) and UK (right) covers; I am reading the UK version. Notice they have different subtitles as well.


"When I was in the sixth grade, I went to my local public junior high in Santa Barbara, California, where I grew up, to take an IQ test to see whether I would be admitted to the Gifted and Talented Education program. My mother dropped me off, and I walked with trepidation to a man with a large drooping mustache in a little office who asked me a series of very strange questions."

Since my brother wrote this book I already know going in that he feels IQ tests have been misused over the past century. We've talked about it a bit, how these sorts of tests have affected the two of us and students we know...

12 comments:

Alyce said...

I'm looking forward to seeing what you have to say about his book. I've always wanted to get an IQ test done, and have had informal tests but never an official one. I think everyone has that curiosity of wanting to know how "smart" they are. And one thing I've realized over the years is that intelligence is only one of many aspects of a person that can make them successful.

pagesofjulia said...

I like this nice, narrative, interest-inducing beginning. I have a prejudice that nonfiction tends to be dry but there's so much good nonfiction out there, too; I couldn't count how many I've loved in the last year. And today, I see Katy's book beginnings post (at the host blog) is another nonfiction with a strong beginning; as is mine! Happy Friday!

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

This one sounds very fascinating. And I agree that test results can be misused...and sometimes "knowing" the results can close off certain possibilities, while "not knowing" keeps the potential alive.

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Sherrie said...

Hi!
I like the UK book cover too. How wonderful your brother wrote a book. Although I guess IQ tests are a necessary thing, I'm not sure they are really good. They don't take into account all you've learned in life. Have a great day!

Sherrie
Just Books

Bev Hankins said...

I'm interested to see what you have to say about this when you're done. I had an IQ test way back in (maybe) 6th grade. I don't even really remember what the results were. That's how much it's affected me....

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gautami tripathy said...

Great that your brother wrote it. Look forward to know your thoughts...

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Aths said...

Wow! I didn't know your brother wrote a book! This is so wonderful! I can't wait to check this out! Great intriguing quote!

Bonnie Jacobs said...

I had IQ tests in school, back in the 1940s (elementary school) and 1950s (junior high and high school). They didn't tell us how we scored, but supposedly they would have to tell me now that I'm an adult -- if they still have the scores from that far back (which seems unlikely).

On the other hand, taking a test for Mensa will do the same thing. And I know that making certain scores on the MRE (which I took) indicate whether you are Mensa material or not.

NotoriousSpinks said...

I'll have to check this one out.

Helen's Book Blog said...

Alyce--I think we all want to know what our IQ is, but I am afraid it gives people an idea of how smart they are and then they live up to (or down to) the expectations

Pages of Julia--I am liking the narrative style as well; it isn't dry

Laurel-Rain--I absolutely agree! Misuse of these tests is so widespread

Sherrie--I am not sure how necessary they are (of course, I'll know more when I finish the book) and I totally agree that they don't take into account life experience

Bev--Glad to know the IQ test you took hasn't affected you

Gautami--I am really proud of him

Aths--The story of him taking his IQ test is a family story that I remember hearing a number of times so it's a comfortable book opening for me

Bonnie--I think you're right; your scores are probably long gone. My mom is Mensa if the family lore is correct....

Notorious--Definitely!

Katy said...

Wow! This sounds really interesting, and how exciting that your brother wrote it! :D

Thanks for participating in Book Beginnings! I'm looking forward to seeing your thoughts on it after you are finished.

Helen's Book Blog said...

Katy--I just finished my review of the book!