Advice to Gifted and Talented Youth 3 – James Flynn
Scott Douglas Jacobsen & Rick Rosner
June 1, 2017
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Scott Douglas Jacobsen: You’re pointing out tremendous amounts of stress growing up. You pointed to one major event can cut you out of the story altogether. What about small things that can small, but persistent, effects over time such as stereotype threat?
Rick Rosner: If you look at James Flynn, he’s the Flynn Effect guy. he says most of the differences for IQ are due to upbringing and environment.
Jacobsen: What percent? What ratio?
Rosner: I don’t know. And pinning down percentages with that stuff is a ticket to ugly arguments. You can go ahead and say 50/50 to 40/60 or 60/40 one way or the other. You can say that the outcomes are better if you grow up in a sophisticated, educated, and affluent, safe household.
Jacobsen: They talk about asynchronous development. Kids emotionally at their age, but intellectually say they’re 5 and at the intellectual age of 10. Even when they grow up, and they are in their circumstance, they will be in substandard housing, poorer nutrition, worse schools, and high stress environments and may not necessarily emotionally understand what’s going on or be able to emotionally cope with the circumstance – even though they have the high ability.
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