Tagged: race

Straight White Men Against the World 0

Straight White Men Against the World

A four-word anthem played on Twitter the other day, and I fell silent in awe: “SOCIAL MEDIA IS DISCO.” The author was Emily Nussbaum, a cultural critic I’ve admired for a long time. She was answering a question I’d raised about why women, gay people and nonwhite people revel in...

Integration 2


Me: Look! The University of Pennsylvania has a giant picture of a black scientist on the homepage. Wife:  And it says “integrating”.

Good Statistics and Bad Inferences 2

Good Statistics and Bad Inferences

I’ve used this quote more than once here: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” Sometimes people manipulate statistics to deceive. Statistics are used to get you to give money to shady charities, invest in faulty opportunities, or convince you that what you’re fighting for is...

Racism 9

Is racial bias the same as racism?

In this political olympiad the notion of racism has received steadier attention than it has at any point in my lifetime. The only thing that comes close is the Rodney King beating and the LA riots. Since those were individual incidents that, though reported on for months, only occupied a...

Freakonomics: Three Years Late 2

Freakonomics: Three Years Late

I just finished Freakonomics. Yes, I know I’m late. That’s okay. It actually had some interesting things to say about education and race and economics that will color my thinking about the other reading I’ve been doing. The most important thing I realized while reading is that you have to...

Problems with IQ 8

Problems with IQ

Over the last few days I’ve been doing some reading about intelligence and IQ scores, trying to get some other perspectives on the ideas in Real Education. What I’ve found has colored my thoughts about intelligence testing quite a bit. I stress that this is about testing because variations in intelligence...