I remember a kid in my High School got a perfect SAT, I knew him through a girl. That girl came real close to a perfect score, and so did I, it was a
banner year for our school I guess but we weren't related. Perfect scores happen pretty regularly though for kids late in high school, but I'm not
sure if there are any statistics around for kids just entering high school. But I would assume any kid ready to take the SAT as a freshman was well
prepared by their parents. The average score does hover around 1k, but there is a bell curve..I don't know how many perfect SAT scores there are in
a year or a decade, but I wager it's a good number, several thousand nationwide per year perhaps. It also wouldn't surprise me if the number of
perfect scores was evenly distributed across age brackets. Maybe even better averages for the under 16 crowd, who knows.
The genetic link interests me a lot, I've heard of geniuses in the same family, all the time, but I can't really recall ever seeing a link between
SAT scores and relation. I always took that to mean that the standardized IQ tests, or the SAT test, or both, were flawed. Are there any opinions
out there about the validity of various standardized tests? Any ideas what should be done to improve testing methods? The cultural bias issue is a
possible start, but I wonder if there isn't a deeper flaw in the testing environments.
Rats that were forced to live in crowded, urban environments go insane and produce flawed test results, is there any reason to presume differently in
regard to the American experiment in education? They're trying to teach an absent, drugged, inattentive, violent, pack mentality student body.
It's like trying to teach a bunch of dingos how to square dance. Not surprisingly, the schools with the most students did the worst.
An analogy to the art world - American education is to the pursuit of learning what Jackson Pollock is to the pursuit of lines.
I know that there are still a lot of smart kids coming out of the American school system, despite the collossal screw ups, past and present, made by
school administrators and law makers with policies that turn the students into prisoners and the insitutions of learning into prisons.
Lackluster parenting combined with an inattentive, lowest common denomonator education, can bore and repress exceptional students while hustling
average ones along through the system without really teaching them anything. The owner/operators of these same educational gulags scramble for
federal and state dollars under the auspices of preparing our young to enter society, while offering almost no instruction in critical thinking,
speach, the written word, foreign languages, and (sadly necessary) survival skills for those with parents who lacked the basic skills that all animals
are supposed to teach their young - so if nothing, most schools probably aren't doing the kids any harm, they're just not doing them any good.
I just want to clarify real quickly, not all schools, not all teachers are failing, but a vast number of them are. Unfortunately, failure is not a
viable blueprint. The number of feral kids in America is frightening. Seriously. Some place it low, like this link.
But then again over half of the kids who call runaway help lines are 'throwaways.'.. so it would stand to reason that about half of the kids on the
street are thrown out of their houses, and most if not all are unreported.
Then, browse criminal statistics, and you start to see a pattern. Young males out on the streets go into assault, robbery, drug sales, and
prostitution categories, while young females almost invariably end up as prostitution statistics. The low numbers are probably not accurate at all.
All it really takes are motivated teachers who are capable of teaching kids a love of erudition. In the absence of a meaningful education, if the
parents are really just feeding and housing the kid, giving no intelectual prodding, there should be no surprised faces when said kid comes into the
world a malcontent. However, if that malcontent has a love of learning, from books, conversation, TV, museums, science, invention, whatever, the
potential is there for a brilliant contribution to mankind. And if they love to learn, they can learn to survive.
Of course success is another matter. It helps to go to a 'good' school, have a 'good' name, and know the 'right' people. Of course, their
schools are expensive, and their names are heirlooms you can't exactly buy. You can buy your way into them, it's been done many times before, but
you can never really change your blood. There exists in America, much like in India, a caste system. Nobody really talks about it much, but it's
there. America's education system would improve dramatically if that underlying problem were addressed.
No more partisan nonsense about the education system in this country. It's everybody's fault! If you're on the ground, and a red and a blue guy
are taking turns kicking you, do you really care who kicked you last or who's kicking you now? No! All you should care about is getting off the
ground. Let's focus a little.
Still, despite all the problems in public and private schools both, smart kids keep coming. No matter how much we neglect our kids as a culture, some
of them turn out alright. That's cool. I wonder if it has anything to do with home schooling, or genetics, or geography, or climate - probably a
little of everything. I wonder though, does a 1600 pretty much guarantee you're a genius, or could a person with say, an IQ of 100, study a lot and
ace the SAT's? I've always been curious if there is a correlation between high standardized scores and high IQ scores - not just in blind number
counts and surveys, but a verifiable and repeatable (demonstrated under controlled circumstances) correlation.
In the end it's kind of a moot point, since street smarts and luck aren't tested in schools yet. That kind of evolutionary advantage, you can't
study for. There are a lot of really smart guys in prison, a lot more on their way, plenty dead every year just like everybody else. I'm curious if
an education system that actually served the smart people would keep more smart people out of prison, or if 'criminality' is genetically random or
at least well dispersed.
Or would it take a less repressive, more altruistic society? Perhaps a society coming to terms with its hypocrisy regarding legal and illegal drugs
could better deal with criminals, and schools both. I just read a story not too long ago, about drug testing in schools. It broke my heart that
we're exposing our government, our authority figures, as the frauds they are, to the kids. Some things you just shouldn't have to know before
you're grown up. It's a shame, but if we keep going this way, it's going to culture even more feral teenagers.
The difference between this kid here, and the kids called 'throwaways', should serve as a gigantic red flag for our society. There are a lot of
smart, able kids living under your cities and in your alleys. Why isn't our system working for more people? This is a democracy still, isn't it?