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IQ [electronic resource]: A History of Deceit

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What we now call an IQ test was originally developed by Alfred Binet at the start of the 20th century as a way to measure developmental delays in schoolchildren. But with the eugenics craze at its peak, Binet's concept was soon appropriated and exploited by those who wished to guarantee the ethnic purity of their society. This program looks at the history of IQ assessment, from Ellis Island evaluations to William Shockley's racist declarations in the 1970s, and reveals how social policies were influenced by the idea that intelligence is set at birth. In addition, Charles Murray, co-author of The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life, defends his views.
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52 min.
8 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on May 01, 2013.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
History of Deceit
  • Mensa: Society for Smart People (3:03)
  • IQ as a Diagnostic Tool (4:29)
  • History of the IQ System (3:40)
  • Misuse of IQ Testing (1:51)
  • Modern Students Reenact IQ Testing (3:26)
  • Eugenics Applied to Immigration (1:58)
  • IQ Influences U.S. Politics (1:05)
  • IQ Testing in Education (1:52)
  • Claims to Calculate IQ (1:54)
  • IQ Fails to Measure Complexity (2:10)
  • Theory of Genetic Intelligence (3:58)
  • Using IQ to Justify the Class System (1:04)
  • William Shockley and Determinism (2:06)
  • Refuting the Bell Curve (4:11)
  • Environmental Factors in IQ Results (1:10)
  • Predetermined Intelligence and Welfare Reform (1:51)
  • Remnants of Hereditary Intelligence Theory (4:36)
  • IQ Flexibility (2:56)
  • Fostering Cognitive Development (4:02)
  • Credits: IQ: A History of Deceit (0:35)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2013], c2011.
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52818 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (52 min.) : sd., col.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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