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Stupidity by committee

December 29, 2009

Earlier today I linked to a post at Curses! Foiled Again! in which I posited that usually the extremes of stupidity require a committee to be achieved.

Lo and Behold a perfect example appears – Berkeley High School May Dump Science Labs For Favoring White Kids?

Via Chris Anderson comes this rather odd news about plans for Berkeley High School to cut science labs as part of the school’s measures to “address Berkeley’s dismal racial achievement gap.” Apparently white students at the school do “far better than the state average while black and Latino students [do] worse.” Fair enough. That’s something worth looking into, but taking away science labs? According to one of the people who helped put forth the proposal, “science labs were largely classes for white students.” So, just do away with them? Why not explore why that is? Or see if there’s something more proactive to be done about it?

Typical. Instead of addressing a problem just cover it up. If it puts those kids at a disadvantage for the rest of their lives – No big deal.

Shakespeare said first shoot all the lawyers, well right after them should be MBAs and Education majors. maybe not all the lawyers; most of the blogs I read are by lawyers and that would leave a big hole in my day 🙂

(Original Article)

2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 29, 2009 9:19 pm

    In the name of ‘fairness’, everything must regress towards to mean.

    • jenn1964 permalink*
      December 29, 2009 10:32 pm

      That could work, if only the rest of the world played that game

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