Thinking lessons introduced at school
22 October, 2011
Mensa delegations from 29 countries deliberated on how to encourage smart children on 15 October in Sofia. They came up with the idea to introduce lessons in thinking at school. A pilot project has already been launched at a school in Sofia in conjunction with the Chess Federation. Pupils in 8th to 12th forms will take enrichment classes in chess and IQ tests once a week to develop logical thinking and reasoning. The organization mulls over introducing such lessons in kindergartens.At present 600 men and women are permanent members of Mensa Bulgaria, who have attained brilliant scores at the intelligence tests, said Willem Bouwens Mensa International Chairman. Over the recent two decades, 4,000 Bulgarians have taken the approved IQ tests. Of those, 600 have scored at or above the 98th percentile on certain standardized IQ tests, which makes them part of the international high-IQ society, said Galia Bojinova, Vice President of Mensa-Bulgaria. Mensa International has 110,000 members. The largest national group is American Mensa, with more than 56,000 members, followed by British Mensa, with about 23,500 members and Germany, with 10,000. According to the organization, Finland boasts the largest number of smartest people per capita. A national Mensa group is entitled to representation on the Board of Directors of Mensa International when it has at least 250 members in good standing. In Mr. Willem Bouwens' words, it is impossible to speak of more intelligent or less intelligent nations, as intelligence occurs everywhere.
Photo: Alexander Mihaylov