The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life Setting & Symbolism

Richard Herrnstein
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Intelligence Quotient

IQ, the score used to assess intelligence.

The Alfred Binet Intelligence Test

The first intelligence test, which is discussed in the book. It measures IQ.

The WAIS

A later intelligence test developed in 1939 that is still used today.

Affirmative Action

The social program that is supposed to promote the interests of disadvantaged minorities by requiring schools and workplaces to include a higher proportion of them in these institutions than they would through merit-based criteria alone.

The War on Poverty

A series of social programs implemented by the Johnson administration in the mid 1960s. These programs have caused great controversy and the authors are among its foremost critics.

Class Stratification

Class stratification occurs when distinctions between social classes become more pronounced. The authors believe that this is occurring between IQ-levels.

Public Education

The American public education system is not any worse than it has been in decades...

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