That Wasn’t Very Smart


I grew up in a calm, upper middle class suburb of Rochester, NY. Although we didn’t discuss it much, the concept of an I.Q. was something with which me and my classmates were all familiar, and to quote Garrison Keillor, where I lived, “all the children were above average.”

We knew that an average I.Q. was 100, but we never publicly discussed the scores any of us received from tests we had taken at school, at home, or at the table of a roadside diner. […]