Educators seem to place an undue amount of faith on intelligence – or at least on IQ tests which purport to measure intelligence. (Whether they do or not, or what exactly these tests do in fact measure, is another matter entirely.) Too often, however, if a student is doing poorly in school and that student also scores low on an IQ test, the teacher will give up on him or her. It becomes entirely too easy, perhaps reflecting human nature, to blame the student for failures in education. “What can I do with someone who isn’t very intelligent and can’t learn?” “Why should I spend too much time trying to sort out someone who is dumb when I have other students who have more potential?”
Before we place too much importance on IQ tests, we would be wise to realize one simple fact. No matter what else an IQ test is supposed to measure, it is, first and foremost, a test of reading ability.
A person who can’t read well will never be able to score high on an IQ test. Not only is the thinking process subordinated to the difficulty in getting the problems off the page, but a poor and slow reader will also have difficulty answering enough questions on a timed test.
So the best way to raise your child’s IQ score is to improve his or her ability to read. The ultimate goal should be that he or she will eventually be able to read as easily as he can listen to a conversation.