An Introduction to Herrnstein and Murray’s The Bell Curve

What role does intelligence play in a person's life? A playlist about the world's greatest ideas contains a video summary of "The Bell Curve" by Herrnstein and Murray, which summarizes the view that intelligence plays a large role in future success. The video outlines the key argument by pulling out specific claims and offering examples to support those claims.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Discuss the theory presented in the video with learners, asking them to share whether they agree or disagree with the theory
  • Find additional examples of animals that support or disprove the The Bell Curve theory
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires an understanding of terms such as IQ and the difference between environmental and genetic factors

  • Uses an analogy about giraffes to help illustrate the connection between genetics and intelligence
  • Combines illustrations and clear narration to make the video easier to follow

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