Repost from the old site.
It has been noted that British Black children do poorly in school. But the purpose of this essay is to give lie to the theory that they do poorly in school due to low intelligence. In fact, it is not true that British Black kids to age 15 have low intelligence at all.
After age 15, it is possible that they may have low IQ’s that prevent many of them from reasonable school achievement.
British Black Children Age Grade IQ 4 Preschool 106 7 2nd 97.5 8 3rd 96.5* 9 4th 95.5* 10 5th 94.5* 11 6th 93.5* 12 7th 92.5* 13 8th 91.5* 14 9th 90.5* 15 10th 89.5 16 10th 88.8? 17 11th 88? 18 12th 87.2? 24 ---- 85? * indicates an estimation ? indicates a sheer guess based on available data and studies of US Blacks
All scores are from here. The quoted study is West et al 1992.
That study found an 8-point IQ differential between UK Blacks and UK Whites in 1992. I believe that that worked out to an average and aggregated UK Black IQ of 93.5 for 7-15 year old’s. It turns out that the gap is about 4 IQ points at age 7 and extends to about 12 IQ points by age 15. As you can see, UK Black IQ is highest among kids and declines as individuals age.
Unfortunately, this does seem to be the case with Blacks. I lowered UK Black IQ down to 85 by age 18 because that is what Black IQ does in the US between ages 15-18-24. For instance, in the US, Black kids seem to start out high and then crash down to ~85 by adulthood.
But see my recent post suggesting that the US Black adult IQ may now be ~87. The figures tend to vary depending on which IQ tests are being used for comparison.
The 106 score is from a recent study of preschool children in the UK, which showed approximately 108 IQ for British East Indians and 106 IQ for UK West Indian (Black) children, both at age 4. Both scores exceeded scores from UK Whites of ~102.
This study has upset hereditarians, who have countered with an argument about selective immigration, but James Flynn has stated that selective immigration from Jamaica at least could not possibly have raised IQ more than a few points or so. Another argument is that UK Blacks are now heavily admixed with Whites, but this is not the case. UK Blacks are 12% White and Jamaican Blacks are 9% White. The difference is trivial.
As you can see, up until age 15 or so, British Black kids have perfectly adequate intelligence. Much has been made of the very high homicide rate of British Black youth, but in minors at least, it cannot possibly be due to low intelligence. There must be other factors at play here, which may indeed be genetically mediated, at least in part.
The notion that the high failure rate of British Black youths in schools is due to low intelligence must be abandoned. We should also note that in only the past four years, UK Blacks have closed the achievement gap in school with UK Whites by fully 1/3. This mirrors a similar drop in the achievement gap in the US for US Blacks, over 30 years, of a similar 1/3.
The notion that there are permanent achievement gaps, set in stone, that are purely genetic, and that cannot be remediated in any way must be rejected.
The achievement gap between Blacks and Whites, whatever it is, is not permanently and genetically fixed at any known number. It is a flexible boundary that is subject to movement towards closure by Blacks, especially in the last 40 years of Liberation.
There is no permanent Western Black IQ called “85”, as hereditarians insist. The Western Black IQ varies with age and is rising. This rise can no longer be denied.
UK Blacks 15 yrs 89.5 Croatia 90 Bosnia 90 Albania 90 UK Blacks 14 yrs 90.5 Serbia 91 UK Blacks 13 yrs 91.5 Cyprus 91.5 Chile 91.5 Greece 92 UK Blacks 12 yrs 92.5 Macedonia 92.5 Ireland 93 Bulgaria 93 Armenia 93.5 UK Blacks 11 yrs 93.5 Georgia 93.5 Israel 94 Romania 94 Argentina 94.5 UK Blacks 10 yrs 94.5 Portugal 95 Portugal 95 Slovenia 95.5 UK Blacks 9 yrs 95.5 Moldova 95.5 Uruguay 96 Slovakia 96 Malta 96 Russia 96.5 Belarus 96.5 UK Blacks 8 yrs 96.5 Ukraine 96.5 Spain 97.5 Czech Republic 97.5 UK Blacks 7 yrs 97.5
As you can see, obviously, UK Black students to age 15 do not have low IQ scores. The notion that low IQ holds back UK Black students and that their IQ’s are so low that they cannot be properly educated in British schools needs to be challenged.
This theory cannot be supported. Whatever the problems of the Black students in the UK, low IQ cannot be one of them.
An analogy may suffice here about the variance between Black and White IQ’s.
Suppose you and I are running away from a tiger. It also may be true that if I am racing with you away from the tiger, I need not run faster than the tiger. I need only run faster than you. Therefore, if rising Black IQ’s are countered by rising White IQ’s we run into an IQ arms race and Black IQ gains are in a sense nullified in terms of White competition.
As UK Whites consistently score from 4 points ahead at age 7, to 8 points ahead at age 12, to 12 points ahead at age 15, the IQ differential between Black and White youths will only grow with age, surely discouraging the Blacks.
But differentials are real and obvious, and in terms of test scores anyway, as long as those differentials are there, UK Whites will continue to outscore UK Blacks, and misguided British laws such as the newly passed Race Relations Act which mandate equal educational outcomes by race will always fall short of their requirements.
- Mackintosh, Nicholas. (1998) IQ and Human Intelligence. OUP.West, A., Mascie-Taylor, C., and Mackintosh, N. (1992) Cognitive and educational attainment in different ethnic groups. J. Biosocial Science, 24, 539-554.