IQ Discrimination Essay

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Have you ever tried getting a job somewhere, only to be passed up in favor of an equally qualified, but more intelligent applicant? Believe it or not, that is not an isolated case. More and more, intelligence is becoming a part of a person's lifestyle. IQ, the principal gauge of intelligence, has been shown to be directly correlated with not only one's income and education level, but also their occupation and general health level. IQ isn't something that can be changed. Except in a few exceptional case, a person's IQ never increases more than a few points in their lifetime. IQ is a trait from birth, just like a person's race or gender, yet in a society that is trying to eliminate all forms of discrimination, it is going unnoticed. …show more content…
Even the so-called equal-opportunity employers tend to ignore the intellectually disadvantaged when it comes to hiring employees. These people are still human beings, and they should still have the same potential for advancement and opportunities as more intelligent people.

The intelligence of an individual is a key factor to their salary and the likelihood of a person having a job. On average, 2% of those with an IQ of 125 or greater are in poverty, while those with an IQ of 75 or below have 15 times that living in poverty. In addition to this, there are certain "Intellectually elite" jobs, such as chemists, computer scientists, mathematicians, physicians, engineers, and dentists, in which over 50% of the people in those professions have an IQ greater than 120. Where the mean weekly income is $350, these people make more than $700 each week, and that is only the lesser paid of the intellectually elite occupations. In today's society, the cognitive ability of an individual determines the lifestyle of that person, rather than their personal merits. The better paid a job is, the more it demands a higher IQ, and the less likely one of the intellectually disadvantaged is to get that job. This discrimination extends beyond the workplace though. The greater a person's intellectual disadvantage, the more likely they are to convicted of an offense after being booked, by the police. Those in the upper quartiles of IQ are convicted about 60% of the time, after being

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