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New Left Review I/11, September-October 1961


A. H. Halsey

Intelligence and Ideology

there are a thousand kinds of human excellence. Among them intelligence, we might agree, is a potential something which distinguishes us from the brutes; it is one of the trailing clouds of glory that children bring to the schools with each new generation; it is a name for the possibility of intellectual achievement, part of the hope that humanity may be made divine. But is this the intelligence that intelligence tests measure, that Head Teachers report on and 11+ Examiners select? That it is not will surely furnish material for a crucial chapter in The English Ideology, if that emancipating book ever comes to be written by The New Left.

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