ERIC Number: ED394096
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Aug-12
Reference Count: N/A
Everything You Thought Was True about IQ Testing, but Isn't: A Reaction to "The Bell Curve."
Dent, Harold E.
Rather than focus on the numerous flaws in the book "The Bell Curve" (Herrnstein & Murray), this discussion focuses on the racism and bigoted beliefs of the pioneers in the mental measurement movement in the United States--beliefs which provided the background and opportunity for the publication of the book. A significant amount of these historical attitudes still permeate theory and practice in the field of psychological testing today. The paper contends that the professional psychological community has been remiss in fulfilling its moral obligation to insure that the public has accurate information on issues where psychological expertise is relevant. Racial relations in the United States are precariously brittle; thus, it is critical that the professional psychological community change its laissez faire stance, assert its moral leadership, and use this opportunity to set the scientific record straight. The American Psychological Association must articulate state-of-the-art information on these issues and exercise its influence on public policy instead of allowing others such as adherents to "The Bell Curve" continue to fuel hate and racial bigotry. Contains 44 references. (JBJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Identifiers: Bell Curve (Herrnstein and Murray)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (103rd, New York, NY, August 11-15, 1995).