"Guess who recently said the following: 'Tenure is the holy grail of teacher unions, but it has no educational value for kids; it only benefits adults.' ... In going after tenure, Ms. Rhee is taking on the holiest citadel of the education establishment. ... She dismisses as 'complete crap' the argument that students can't learn because of disadvantaged backgrounds. It's about time. Washington is the lowest-performing school district in the nation. Only 12% of D.C. eighth graders are proficient readers, 8% in math. A mere 60% of high schoolers finish in four years with a diploma", my emphasis, Editorial at the WSJ, 22 November 2008.
MR, 38, double Ivy League, politically correct ignoramus, may not have read Arthur Jensen's 1969 classic, which appeared before her birth. Does anyone remember Harvard's flap over Larry Summers (LS) comments about women's inability to be top math students? That LS was right is irrelevant. It's just not "nice" to say it. La Griffe du Lion has two relevant posts, September 1999, http://www.lagriffedulion.f2s.com/women_and_minorities_in_science.htm and July 2005, http://www.lagriffedulion.f2s.com/math.htm. By the way, why are 88% of prisoners men? Why do boys have higher school dropout rates? What is "left-tail" cut off anyway? Washington, DC spends over $15,000 a year per pupil, the highest for any US school district. So? MR, you were at Harvard once. Go back and try to find Alvin Poussaint (AP), 1934-, a Harvard Medical School psychiatry professor. In an October 1966 article, "The Stresses of the White Female Workers in the Civil Rights Movement in the South", American Journal of Psychiatry 123:401-407, AP said some of his Radcliffe patients had "White African Queen Complex", http://www.crmvet.org/docs/poussaint.pdf. How dare AP write this? Easy, he's a "colored person" as they were known in 1966. AP graduated from New York's Stuyversant High School in 1952, long before affirmative action, so we know he's smart. For non-New York readers, the "Stuy" is one of New York City's three entrance exam only admission schools. Minimum IQ of entrants in the 1950s: 130. Last reported average student SAT score, 1408. Not your average high school.
Apparently despite being neither white nor a "Cliffie", MR, a Harvard graduate student of Korean extraction, was not immune to this malady. MR reminds me of Jane Forman's 1953 song, "I Believe" written by Drake, Graham and Shirl. It begins with, "I believe for every drop of rain that falls a flower grows. I believe that somewhere in the darkest night a candle glows. I believe for everyone who goes astray someone will come to show the way. I believe, I believe". MR, I've come for you.