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  •  And they used to say this (7+ / 0-)

    shit about African Americans, first as an excuse to enslave them, then as an excuse to keep them from being educated, then as an excuse to keep them from voting, then...

    Never ends. These people don't care one bit about the average smarts of citizens in this country, or they'd support early childhood education, good public education, and subsidized college education for all who can/want to get there. Obviously, stupidity and ignorance are their best friends - gets stupid and/or ignorant people to vote for them. Smart people know better.

    •  Exactly (3+ / 0-)
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      They've been peddling this inferior races bullshit as long as slavery was in North America. White man's burden to bring civilization to the lesser races. Remember "The Bell Curve" contraversy in the 90s. They ignore the basic fact that correlation does not imply causation. Minorities have generally lower IQ scores, but poor education system, poor nutrition, hostile environments, culturally inappropriate testing, etc. are more likely explanations than 'racial inferiority'.

      Registered Buddhacrat

      by clear SKies on Wed May 08, 2013 at 03:38:15 PM PDT

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    •  Do you have any evidence that these interventions (0+ / 0-)

      increase intelligence?

      These people don't care one bit about the average smarts of citizens in this country, or they'd support early childhood education, good public education, and subsidized college education for all who can/want to get there.
      •  I'd say it doesn't fucking matter. (0+ / 0-)

        But yeah, people's IQ 'scores' - their ability to pass the test - does change with socialization and education. Given the entirely evident lack of intelligence of Republican white guys in Congress, I'd say they have a lot to fear from minorities willing to work hard and apply themselves.

        But since you asked, here's just one...

        It Pays to Invest in Early Childhood Education, Says a Nobel Economist Who Boosts Kids' IQ

        There are 3,000,000 search results in The Google under the terms "IQ minorities education." I'm sure you can come up with more precise terms for a search. Let us know what you find.

        •  Interesting article - some amazing claims (0+ / 0-)
          Say you have unmotivated black kids living in the middle of the ghetto and white kids from Scarsdale or some other upper-class neighborhood. You give each kid who gets a successful answer one M&M -- just give them an M&M -- and you say for each point extra on the IQ test, each correct answer, I'll give you one more M&M. It turns out that the gap between the black and white student in the IQ test scores vanishes -- vanishes completely.
          Fascinating if true - and pretty easy to add to the testing protocol.  In fact, hard to see how this result has not been trumpeted the the skies.  Unless, of course, it has not been validated.

          Unfortunately, your link is to NPR and there is no cite for any study supporting this claim.

          Can you provide anything that can actually be traced back to the scientific literature?

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