I wouldn't link so often to pieces on NRO if a) such pieces weren't so interesting and b) weren't so well written. Even that outlet's??more langorous languorous libations manage to refresh. Here's just such an article, by John Derbyshire, which uses??about 800 words more than needed to make its point but which is nonetheless fully enjoyable.??
Derbyshire notes that most Americans, accustomed to observing inequality in most things, bristle when inequality of "smarts" crosses their paths. "The problem with this smartocracy," he writes, "is, we have this itchy feeling that it's un-American." He makes many of the arguments usually associated with Charles Murray, who is not shy about pointing out that people with low I.Q.s are, generally, not going to do well in school and that not much can be done about it. (Murray makes precisely this argument in his forthcoming book, Real Education.)
Yes and no, of course. While it doesn't hurt to acknowledge that a bell curve exists in academic achievement, as in most things, it's tough to prove that the entire curve can't be moved--i.e., that "average" can't become better.
But Derbyshire is right that scads of people don't like...