How is intelligence seen as a privilege?
Intelligence is defined as the ability to think, learn from experience, to solve problems and to adapt to situations. When expanded, this broadly means the ability to acquire and apply new skills in a person’s life showing their knowledge.
Intelligence Privilege is the assumption is that being smart in the eyes of society provides validation of education, conferring the ability to navigate systems, organisations and society at a greater advantage. This therefore leads to greater opportunities and additional perceived ‘risks’ being taken on people who are deemed intelligent.
Intelligence privilege stems from the notions of general intelligence that are cantered around the abilities of understanding, reasoning and making a judgement. This is why many organisations use IQ tests as a measure of ability when looking at promotions and growth opportunities for staff members.