Saturday, December 22, 2007

Low IQ kids do not get adopted

Steve Sailer analyzes a NY Times story about how Romanian orphanage kids have low IQ. He quotes:
On I.Q. tests taken at 54 months, the foster children scored an average of 81, compared to 73 among the children who continued in an institution. The children who moved into foster care at the youngest ages tended to show the most improvement, the researchers found.

The comparison group of youngsters who grew up in their biological families had an average I.Q. of 109 at the same age, found the researchers, who announced their preliminary findings as soon in Romania as they were known.
It appears that the low IQ kids are gypsies that no one wants to adopt.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

michael farris said...

There are lots of reasons that Gypsy kids do poorly in school beyond how they stack up in the Sailer racial IQ caste system:

They have no prior socialization in school skills like sitting still, being quiet and listening to adults and following instructions (all of which are acquired skills). Gypsy kids, while under some kinds of parental control also have a _lot_ more autonomy than non-gypsies and a lot sooner. In short they're not used to being treated like non-gypsy school children and don't like it and escape from it as soon as possible.

Gypsy culture depends to a large degree on being as far removed from non-gypsies and their concerns as possible. Schools represent a dangerous contaminating influence. As a gypsy woman once told me (paraphrasing). "If they go to school then sooner or later they start thinking about right and wrong and that's just the end of them as gypsies." In other words schools can turn gypsy kids into non-gypsies (from the gypsy point of view) while still not giving them any of the tools needed for success in the non-gypsy world.

You can say that both of these traits are maladaptive in the modern world and that the latter is a vicious self-reinforcing circle and I won't argue. They also make it extremely hard to get reliable data about gypsies.