done outside of Mensa by schools or psychologists, but it does not test young children. Here are six reasons not to give IQ tests to young children: If you test a child who is three years old and the score is high (say two standard deviations above the mean or more), the odds that that score will be the same if the child were tested six years later are very, very low. Possible, but don’t make it part of your retirement plan.
Although you might think Mensa would have a vested interest in having people test young children so they could join the organization, it actually takes no opinion. The problem with that is that parents then carry that unstable score number in their heads and it compromises their ability to make appropriate choices later.
Parents then sometimes turn to less reputable businesses with fiscal incentive to give a high score.
Parents seeking testing for very young children are vulnerable to testing predators out to make a buck, not share good information.
I’m kidding of course, but I could literally give a you a list of ten thousand things a three-year-old needs more than an IQ test, and I have had people ask me how to test the IQs of frozen embryos. I was an English teacher for a very long period of time. What does this say that is vital information that furthers the purpose of the essay? Young gifted children are, at essence, children, and they need the same things all young children need: time spent with parents, books read to them, unstructured play time, a modest array of quality toys (like cardboard boxes), love and time outdoors. Love your young children, read to them, crawl on the floor with them, and play a few games of Candyland® instead of testing them.
In the revision process of writing, I would teach my students to give each paragraph the “So What? ” Testing very young children rarely passes this test. They do not need flashcards, so-called “educational toys,” parents who teach them cognitive cocktail party tricks to display for friends, or formal education. The Pythagoreans believed six to be the first perfect number, yet this list is far from perfect.
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