What do we value about intelligence? Why do we tend to overlook intellectual diversity in our equality initiatives? Valuing individuals according to intelligence is ubiquitous in our culture—think about IQ tests and standardised educational or occupational exams—but also the ways in which colloquial speech denigrates undesirable things as ‘stupid’ or ‘dumb.’ There is a long and storied history of trying to quantify the worth of individuals based on some metric of intelligence. This presents an ethical dilemma. If opportunities are linked to intelligence, and intelligence is variable across individuals, then policies that attempt to ‘level the playing field’ on the basis of ability are limited in how they can solve that inequality. Are universities mass producing inequality by educating only those with intellectual potential?
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