I've come up with this theory and here it goes...
It is in my strong professional opinion that poorer individuals are smarter that those who are well off/well to do.
I would like to know people's opinions about this theory...
Think about it, kids from well off families are given all the education opportunities that can be afforded to them. They go to better schools, they have better textbooks, they are taught by better teachers, (reportedly) and their learning environment is generally more conducive.
Then jump to the poor kid, in the poor neighborhood, that goes to the school in the poor district. They have sub par textbooks, the teacher probably arent the best (but you never know!) and of course the environment for learning isnt as great. Its hard to concentrate on reading an out of date text book when you have to get a part time job to help your family pay the light bill.
Now lets jump to college age students. From every which background and socio-economic status. We have two students, in the same major (or even different majors, but its easier to compare like majors). One from a well off family, one who grew up poor...... Who's smarter?
Who had to study more just to get admitted to college?
Who couldn't get a prep ACT test book to help them study for the ACT?
Who had to keep their grades up while working a part time job?
Who didn't have parents around to help them with college applications? With FAFSA?
With all this said, with all this to think about... I would like to conclude that controlling most other factors, poor kids are (or at least have the potential to be) smarter than there well to do counterparts.