The New Scientist has raised a view of gradual decline in IQs in developed countries .The IQ Test ,designed by French psychologist in 1900s ,was to help distinguish between individual intellectual abilities .However ,the test result is thought to be fixed through one’s life ,further limiting people’s potential by setting barrier to be confident . Scores makes intelligence look relatively constant, whereas in fact we are all becoming more intelligent across and within our lifetimes. This particular use of IQ tests has caused one leader in the field of intelligence research, Robert Sternberg, to refer to IQ testing as “negative psychology” in a 2008 article.
In my opinion ,the IQs test has both drawbacks and advantages .It helps one to realize one’ intellectual abilities by pointing out the level of his intelligence .In some extent ,such function indeed helps some people to understand their abilities and to be pragmatic . However, our intelligence is not fixed. On the contrary, it grows with the age .As such, it is expected that people will set barrier to be better themselves, telling themselves that their failures are supposed to be like that. The drastically limit people’s potential ,making people stop to keep improving themselves .In a nutshell ,IQ test is a coin with two sides ,which should be implemented properly.