ERIC Number: ED181115
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Psychological Testing of Black People; A Position Paper.
Dent, Harold E.; Williams, Robert L.
The psychological testing of blacks and other minorities inflicts dehumanization upon them by subjecting them to culturally-biased examinations. These tests are defended on "scientific" grounds, although it is evident that they are simply a form of institutionalized racism. Standardized tests of intelligence reflect a middle-class white bias that makes little allowance for minority participation in the development of these tests. The most deleterious effect of these tests is to place minority children in special slow-learner classes where they develop a low self-esteem. The classifying of students according to their performance in these tests greatly limits the range of educational opportunities available to them. These tests, because of their inherent bias, must be dropped as a tool for measuring intelligence. (WP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Black Psychologists, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Meetings (Honolulu, HI, September, 1972) and (Montreal, Canada, September, 1973); Not available in paper copy due to reproduction quality of original document