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post #1 of 17
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ok - fair warning, if you can't stand people bragging about their kids, turn back now. but I figure, since my life basically consists of my applying for jobs and hoping that my money doens't run out before I get a new job, I have to take my pleasure where I can.

my 4 year old son went in for testing today - we want to have him work on his prononciation, because he is having some trouble with his L's, and in order to get a speech therapist to look at him, he needed a full battery of tests. I knew he was smarter than me, and I thought he might also be smarter than my wife (who I believe in smarter than me), but he turned out to test very well - smarter than anticipated. the two individuals who tested him both said that they had never tested any kid who tested so well, and he was in the >155 IQ area. I'm also happy, because that isn't the "I am so freakishly smart I can't get a job or find friends and work at blockbuster for my whole life while plotting to blow up a school" range of intellegence, but it is a nice high functioning level.

so, pardon me for bragging, but I had to tell somebody - and most of my friends are the parents of his friends, so I really don't need to tell them this.
post #2 of 17
Princeton's going to be beastly expensive in 14 years, careful

Seriously though, congrats, couldn't have happened to a nicer guy's kid.

Tom
post #3 of 17
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Originally Posted by tiger02
Princeton's going to be beastly expensive in 14 years, careful

Seriously though, congrats, couldn't have happened to a nicer guy's kid.

Tom


thanks - but if one or another of the branches of the military isn't paying for his education, he isn't getting one, I am thinking. get an education, and make a man out of him, all at once.

thanks a lot, I am feeling very good today.
post #4 of 17
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Originally Posted by globetrotter
he turned out to test very well - smarter than anticipated. the two individuals who tested him both said that they had never tested any kid who tested so well, and he was in the >155 IQ area. I'm also happy, because that isn't the "I am so freakishly smart I can't get a job or find friends and work at blockbuster for my whole life while plotting to blow up a school" range of intellegence, but it is a nice high functioning level.

It's not freaky smart, but it's definitely higher than just a "nice high-functioning level." I believe it's technically in the "genius" range. And don't listen to the people who will inevitably invade the thread (if this is anything like other message boards I've frequented) to say that they tested in the "mid-160s" or "170s", when it turns out that they took an online IQ test. Most IQ tests actually use a metric that is inaccurate above the 150 level--in other words, the test is not designed to accurately reflect IQ above 150-ish. So your kid might actually be well above 150, but at that point it's of little consequence.

Congratulations, man. I usually hate hearing about other people's kids, but you've always struck me as a cool and interesting guy, so I read the post anyway.
post #5 of 17
Congratulations Globe. I can fully appreciate the desire to brag about one's child and you deserve to be able to tell someone about it.
post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by globetrotter
thanks - but if one or another of the branches of the military isn't paying for his education, he isn't getting one, I am thinking. get an education, and make a man out of him, all at once.

thanks a lot, I am feeling very good today.

Hehe, that will definitely force him to start taking responsibility. You enter the army a boy and leave as a man, they'd always tell us back home. Congrats Zach!
post #7 of 17
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thank you all
post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by globetrotter
thanks - but if one or another of the branches of the military isn't paying for his education, he isn't getting one, I am thinking. get an education, and make a man out of him, all at once.

thanks a lot, I am feeling very good today.

Careful about this. Too much pressure, and he is likely to rebel. Of course, what do I know about that? Most of the males in my family have PhDs, M.D.'s or their equivalents, and are in the professional or professorial class. And I seemed destined for the same. My rebellion lies in wearing expensive jeans and sneakers to work. Besides, with a high natural intelligence, develops a passion for something, and if he applies himself academically, it's not that hard to get a full ride at one of the top 50, or even 25, universities in the States.

In any case, congratulations.
post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by Saucemaster
It's not freaky smart, but it's definitely higher than just a "nice high-functioning level." I believe it's technically in the "genius" range. And don't listen to the people who will inevitably invade the thread (if this is anything like other message boards I've frequented) to say that they tested in the "mid-160s" or "170s", when it turns out that they took an online IQ test. Most IQ tests actually use a metric that is inaccurate above the 150 level--in other words, the test is not designed to accurately reflect IQ above 150-ish. So your kid might actually be well above 150, but at that point it's of little consequence.

Congratulations, man. I usually hate hearing about other people's kids, but you've always struck me as a cool and interesting guy, so I read the post anyway.


You are right Sauce, on all of your points. My mother is a psychologist and has been giving the Wechsler tests for going on forty years now. The highest she has seen has been a 159. The fact that her practice was in Menlo Park, CA would lead her results to skew higher rather than lower. 155 is very smart indeed.

Another thing to point out is that Zach's child is at the most reliable age to take one of these tests. As the tests are made for older people (WAIS) the questions necessarily involve more knowledge than at younger ages.
post #10 of 17
Congratulations!

I'm really curious to see how my kids do on tests like these in a few years.
post #11 of 17
Hey Zach, bragging about that kind of news is perfectly permissable. Kinda makes me wonder about you, though. Where did the lad get his smarts?
post #12 of 17
That's always reassuring, isn't it? Congratulations. How is he taking the test results? What did you tell him?

We get a lot of people commenting on our son's good looks and smarts, and I worry sometimes that he'll "get swollen ankles", as we say in French.
post #13 of 17
A good head on his shoulders, and a dad who loves bragging on him. I'd say the lad's in pretty good shape.
post #14 of 17
turned back after the first sentence.
post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by Fabienne
That's always reassuring, isn't it? Congratulations. How is he taking the test results? What did you tell him?

We get a lot of people commenting on our son's good looks and smarts, and I worry sometimes that he'll "get swollen ankles", as we say in French.


I didn't tell him anything about the results. I told him that he was going to a play date with some nice new people with cool toys. he was a little upset that we left so soon, he wanted to stay and play more.

there is no good way to let him know the results - I have discussed, in the past, that different people have different skills. that he runs slower than one of his friends but is stronger than his friend, and that some of his friends speak different langauges at hom. I have, very gently covered the whole issue that sometimes he knows more than his friends and that isn't something he should brag to his friends about. in my household, my 2 siblings and I knew how we ranked in terms of IQ's, and it wasn't good that we did. I'll try to keep that from my son.

thanks all for the kind words.
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