We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
OK, but why are we still measuring things by race and ethnicity? Does it really matter? People are individuals. Why not measure people by height instead, or shoe size? Or, with the current meme, hand size?
Forget "gender," skin tone, ethnic background, etc. and just evaluate people on their individual strengths and character. How hard would that be? I am sick and tired of this ethnic-racial-gender-class neo-Marxist analysis which tries to put everybody in some labeled box based on the most trivial and superficial characteristics.
We all know that Jews and Asians statistically out-perform academically, and that African-Americans outperform in many athletics. So what? Many blacks are klutzes and intellectually-talented, and many Asians and Jews are not too bright. Cultural and societal averages might be academically interesting, but we are just talking about basic education here. With an undamaged brain and a decent teacher anybody can learn enough Trig and Calc to study Civil Eng in high school or after and never be unemployed.
You do realize IQ plays an important part in learning? (I know you do)
Some are not able to learn higher math, even if the teaching is one on one.
Some are made to dig holes, garden, smoke pot, lay about, ( think Huck Finn).
Yes we are all individuals, so maybe a warehouse full of students isnt the best idea.
Maybe just maybe the government should not be involved in teaching.
If you think everyone can learn trig and calc, you don't hang out without enough people with below-average IQs. But to your overall point, they can learn to do something that will keep them reliably employed, if our schools aren't to ridiculous.
Yes, many Jews are not too bright. Clear evidence of this, is their enthusiastic participation in liberal politics as fans and members of the Democrat Party, direct successors of the Ku Klux Klan and currently as anti-Semitic as one can be!!
Combine that with their fear and loathing of evangelical Christians, who are the strongest supporters of Israel in the West and you have total cognitive dissonance which can only reflect really low IQs.
No, Ashkenazi Jews score verbal IQ 122 (!!), spatial 99, numeric 114, across many countries and school districts. IQ is candlepower and is synonymous with intelligence in some real and repeatable sense, but not with wisdom, self-observation, or other important skills. Compare to height, speed, coordination in sports: clearly useful, sometimes necessary, not everything.
I would be very glad to cease measuring IQ with relation to race but it is liberals who keep doing it, and lying about it. School tests are marketed and regarded as achievement tests and progress tests, but they aren't. They are mostly IQ tests. The schools, educations systems, approaches, funding, prejudice, what have you are blamed for the gap between races, resulting in a new round of blaming the wrong people and proposing the same solutions which have failed. If we insist on measuring people by groups, we should count on people who see the lies continuing to point them out.
Smarter blacks are moving out of the blue central cities to the purple suburbs - which is wise, and their children will do better despite regression to the mean, because it's a smarter base population - and less fear, which does help academics a bit in and of itself.
Assistant Village Idiot
You are incorrect.
Only 20% of any given population are capable of the abstract thought required to learn/grasp advanced mathematical concepts, regardless of ethnicity (although weighted towards Occidental-Caucasoid/ western civ). Regardless of tutor. As someone who was a non-trad student I saw this first hand.
Some people just don't "get" math.
As told by the genius Algore it is a scandal in this country that half the population score below average on IQ tests. Algore doesn't "get" math either.
Unbelievably, I have seen that described in comment sections as outdated, only quoted by conservatives now, and a cover for racism.
We think MLK would be appalled and disavow this current crop of black leaders because they are so far from his teaching, but I am not so sure. There is a core percentage of African-Americans who believe in solidarity above all else, and we can't tell in retrospect who those would have been. Nor are AA's all that unusual in that attitude. It is common to most tribes, especially when they are in a minority and feel "one-down."
In fact, it is more revealing to examine the ancestry of who doesn't feel that way.