chapter 7 prompts

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  • Have you ever taken an intelligence test? Would you want to? Why or why not?
  • What is the most difficult decision you have ever had to make? Why? Has there ever been a decision you thought would be terribly difficult to make that, when the time came to make it, was actually pretty straightforward?
  • Can a test be reliable, but not valid? Can it be valid, but not reliable? Can you give examples?
  • GATE/Honors/AP Classes: Have any of you (or your children) been in these programs during early school years? Did you like them? How were they different than regular school classes?
  • Solve this riddle (using your knowledge of problem-solving in text module 7.1): “You have four sets of joined chain links – each set has three links joined together. How could you make a round bracelet using of all of these by only cutting three links?”
  • Take this Free-IQTest (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. Does your score seem valid? How does this online assessment compare to information in the chapter?
  • Genetic engineering is taking off. If intelligence is partly genetic, then it is conceivable that, in the near future, via gene editing, you may be able to choose your child’s IQ? If it was totally safe, would you do this? Would you be forced to if the rest of society was making their children super-intelligent through the process? Would you be opposed if the process could eliminate intellectual disability? If you wanted to adopt a child, how important would it be to know the child’s genetic makeup? If intelligence were determined to be influenced by a particular set of genes, should that be included?
  • Have you ever been around children learning language? How have they surprised you with their abilities?

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