Originally Posted by vaticanplum
The thing is that I have no idea how they were tested. Just that it was a long time ago and probably involved some paper test or something. I don't believe they're lying -- I think they were actually told that they had IQs of that number -- but I do question the testing itself. What was measured? How old were they? How would the test they took compare to those today; can the resultant scores really be compared? I just don't fully understand testing anyway. Some people are very bright but don't have the concentration for tests (and I wonder if this has been exacerbated in fast-pace, short-attention-span Internet world too). Some people are excellent at listening to and reading people, and that obviously can't be tested.
I always tested well but lacked a lot of motivation in school, so my grades never lived up to my potential. And what good does that do? What was the point of knowing that I was bright if I didn't make use of it in class? If I had kids I would hope they'd be the opposite.
I agree with most of what you are saying, but maybe if you knew your true potential it would have motivated you to do better in school. Being told your smart or gifted may be alot of pressure but it can also be very uplifting for ones confidence.