A man was rejected from the police force for being “too intelligent’”.
For years, kids have been tricked into believing they’re a failure if they don’t receive an A* in every subject on the scholarly agenda. “You can’t go out until you’ve finished your homework,” parents stress over the dinner table, as their unresponsive teenager grunts and shuffles towards the front door. Well kids, if you’re thinking of going into the police force, don’t listen to your parents, go on out and have a good time.
It seems to be a general consensus that you can now, in fact, be ‘too intelligent’ to be a cop. A man who sued for discrimination after he was denied a job as a police officer because he scored too highly on an IQ test, has also lost his appeal. The appeal was rejected on the basis that the same standards were applied to everyone else taking the test, hence discrimination not being involved. Well, technically speaking.
Jordan, a 49-year-old college graduate took the exam in 1996, scoring 33, the equivalent of an IQ of 125. Unfortunately for Jordan, he scored just a little too high, as New London police only interviewed candidates who scored 20-27. Their theory behind this bizarre rule is that those with a higher intelligence are more likely to get bored quicker than those who find the job more of an intellectual challenge. Not that it has anything to do with training costs, of course.
From his home in Waterford, Jordan told ABC news: “This kind of puts an official face on discrimination in America against people of a certain class. I maintain you have no more control over your basic intelligence than your eye colour or your gender or anything else.” You go, Jordan. Who would have thought you’d ever need to justify your intelligence.
Jordan sued the city, saying his civil rights were violated because he was denied equal opportunity under the law. Unfortunately for Jordan, the US District Court found that New London has “shown a rational basis for the policy.” Jordan said he does not plan to take any further legal action and is now working as a prison guard. Perhaps he should have approached the test from a slightly less intelligent angle. Surely it can’t be that hard to fake your intelligence. It’s what many people spend their whole lives doing after all. Just perhaps not that way around.
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