Notes and Reflections on Books and Media
by Hannah Leitheiser
#iq #intelligence #sociology #school
The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life
Richard J. Herrnstein, Charles Murray
"But since the late 1960s, social sciences, and even the physical sciences were corrupted, in the sense that the standards of each discipline were subordinated to other considerations. Chief among these other considerations were multiculturalism in the curriculum, the need to minimize racial differences in performance measures, and enthusiasm for fostering self-esteem independent of performance." - Richard J. Herrnstein, Charles Murray, The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life (1994)
Hmm...so we'd all be smarter if it weren't for those pesky other races. Oh, wait, that sounds racist. I mean, the pesky cultures of other races. Oh, and letting students feel good.
I don't know. Seems everyone has an opinion on education. The facts appear to be there was a 12 year drop in SAT scores staring in 1972. Math rebounded but reading never did. The greater number of test takers explains some, the rest is an open question.