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The dawn of idiocy: abnormality as the norm of human intelligence

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Title: The dawn of idiocy: abnormality as the norm of human intelligence
Author(s): Roof, David J.
Director of Research: Span, Christopher
Doctoral Committee Chair(s): Span, Christopher
Doctoral Committee Member(s): Anderson, James D.; Hay, James; McCarthy, Cameron
Department / Program: Educational Policy Studies
Discipline: Educational Policy Studies
Degree Granting Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree: Ph.D.
Genre: Dissertation
Subject(s): Education The science of intelligence History The concept of the abnormal in the history and philosophy of education
Abstract: This work examines how science used the abnormal to reconfigure the basis of human intelligence and linked thought to identity. This includes the belief that we inherit intellectual traits the same as physical characteristics. The heredity link between the abnormal and family lineage marked abandonment of cure in favor of social control intensified by the individual who appears normal. This figure justifies screening and classification. Social biology concerned with the welfare of society found a biological threat, which progressively led to sterilization, euthanasia, and genocide. This shift included the power to distribute individuals within a field as though it was real; revealing differences of ability; the realities of his abilities and the contents of the knowledge he is capable of acquiring. This work traces these ideas embedded in the formation of compulsory schooling, the school as social filter, a hyper-normative education system, and pedagogic-treatment for adherence to developmental and behavioral norms.
Issue Date: 2011-08-25
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/26207
Rights Information: Copyright 2011 David J. Roof
Date Available in IDEALS: 2011-08-25
Date Deposited: 2011-08
 

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