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  • Selfie from black man stopped by white police officer encourages #Respect

    09/21/2015 6:42:59 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Fox 10 Phoenix ^ | 9/21/15 | Jeffrey Thomas DeSocio
    A selfie taken by a African-American man during a traffic stop by a white police officer was going viral across the internet over the weekend. But not for the reasons you may think...Greg Barnes Jr. of Muncie, Indiana felt obligated to snap the photo featuring himself and the officer after a brief conversation he and the officer had following the traffic stop. After the officer ran Barnes's information, he returned to the car and began a brief conversation about the situations and circumstances both he and Barnes find themselves in these days with African-American and police officers. They noted that...
  • Sowell: Opportunity Versus Outcomes

    09/15/2015 2:22:44 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 15, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    A hostile review of my new book — "Wealth, Poverty and Politics" — said, "there is apparently no level of inequality of income or opportunity that Thomas Sowell would consider unacceptable." Ordinarily, reviewers who miss the whole point of a book they are reviewing can be ignored. But this particular confusion about what opportunity means is far too widespread, far beyond a particular reviewer of a particular book. That makes it a confusion worth clearing up, because it affects so many other discussions of very serious issues. "Wealth, Poverty and Politics" does not accept inequality of opportunity. Instead, it reports...
  • Sowell: The Past and Future of the Refugee Crisis

    09/07/2015 12:17:13 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 8, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    The refugee crisis in Europe is one of those human tragedies for which there are no real solutions, despite how many shrill voices in the media may denounce those who fail to come up with a solution. Some options may be better than others, but there is nothing that can honestly be called a solution. Nevertheless many countries, including the United States, could do a lot better. The immediate problems are the masses of desperate men, women and children, fleeing from the wars and terrorism of the Middle East, who are flooding into Europe. But the present crisis cannot be...
  • Thomas Sowell: How Bush, Trump Handled Hecklers Reveals A Lot (Sowell is beginning to get it)

    08/31/2015 3:45:29 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 55 replies
    IBD ^ | Thomas Sowell
    Even those of us who are not supporters of either Donald Trump or Jeb Bush can learn something by comparing how each of these men handled people who tried to disrupt their question-and-answer period after a speech. After Bush's speech, hecklers from a group called "Black Lives Matter" caused Bush to simply leave the scene. When Trump opened his question-and-answer period by pointing to someone in the audience who had a question, a Hispanic immigration activist who had not been called on simply stood up and started haranguing. Trump told the activist to sit down because someone else had been...
  • Sowell: A Revealing Clue

    08/31/2015 1:20:16 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 39 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 1, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    Even those of us who are not supporters of either Donald Trump or Jeb Bush can learn something by comparing how each of these men handled people who tried to disrupt their question-and-answer period after a speech. After Bush's speech, hecklers from a group called "Black Lives Matter" caused Bush to simply leave the scene. When Trump opened his question-and-answer period by pointing to someone in the audience who had a question, a Hispanic immigration activist who had not been called on simply stood up and started haranguing. Trump told the activist to sit down because someone else had been...
  • New Orleans Saints tight end Ben Watson to pen book on race, social issues in November

    08/24/2015 8:34:01 AM PDT · by cdga5for4 · 12 replies ^ | August 23, 2015 | Katherine Terrell
    "The thing that happened in Ferguson last year I think touched all of us in a different way, and over the course of, since November through now, I've written different things about different social issues and have really gotten some great responses, and it's great. I think the fact that people are talking about these issues, whether it's race or it's same sex marriage, or right now, abortion and Planned Parenthood, there are all these issues going on in our country and I think it's important to have dialogue, and an open and honest dialogue."
  • Are Republicans For Freedom Or White Identity Politics?

    08/22/2015 10:22:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 98 replies
    The Federalist ^ | August 21, 2015 | Ben Domenech, Publisher
    Donald Trump could transform the Republican Party into a coalition focused on white identity politics. We've seen this in Europe, and it's bad. Now that we have had time to observe the Donald Trump phenomenon, there is enough evidence to make a clear assessment of what it represents. The rise of Trump is an epic expression of frustration with the American political system, and it is a natural outgrowth of frustrations with America’s changing demographics; the hollowing out of white working class values and culture, as Charles Murray has documented extensively; and what life is like when governed by...
  • Maya, a Black Conservative, Lays Some Wisdom on Us:

    08/21/2015 1:27:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Rush ^ | August 21, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Here's Maya, Kansas City, Missouri. It's great to have you. Hi. CALLER: Hi. You know, I just wanted to tell you, first of all, that you are majorly responsible for my conservative attitudes today. I talked to you the first time in 1994. I had called you on this show because I had gotten on the computer, which was then called the (unintelligible), and started carrying this conversation on about blacks being independent and not being victims. I got into a major argument with five or six other people, all of them as college educated as I am. They...
  • Reality TV watching lowers IQ, increase rudeness

    08/20/2015 4:35:48 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 32 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | August 20, 2015 | Joanne Richard
    TV watching lowers IQ. And it increase rudeness too. A recent study by neuroscientists in Japan reports that prolonged TV viewing alters children’s brain structure, which supports findings of several previous studies of lower verbal IQ, as well as increased aggressiveness. Duh! TV is getting dumber and ruder, and so are we. Think the Bachelor series - Bachelor in Paradise is in full swing – along with Big Brother and the endless Housewives reruns. Mindless, mean mediocrity that masquerades as harmless fluff – but it’s really harmful stuff. “Reality TV is junk food for our brain, and in the same...
  • Sowell: Random Thoughts

    08/17/2015 11:43:56 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 18, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    Random thoughts on the passing scene: Stupid people can cause problems, but it usually takes brilliant people to create a real catastrophe. President Obama's "agreement" with Iran looks very much like "the emperor's new clothes." We are supposed to pretend that there is something there, when there is nothing there that will stop, or even slow down, Iran's development of a nuclear bomb. The endlessly repeated argument that most Americans are the descendants of immigrants ignores the fact that most Americans are NOT the descendants of ILLEGAL immigrants. Millions of immigrants from Europe had to stop at Ellis Island, and...
  • The surgical precision of Ben Carson

    08/09/2015 6:17:38 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/09/15 | Herman Cain
    Cuts like a scalpel. Ben Carson surprised me a little during Thursday night’s debate – not that I didn’t think he would do well. I had just interviewed him on The Herman Cain Show a few days earlier and I knew he was prepared and ready for whatever questions would be thrown at him. But I was nevertheless impressed by the surgical precisions of some of his answers. Maybe I shouldn’t have been surprised, since after all he is a brain surgeon. But for a guy who doesn’t have much experience on a stage this big, he really knew how...

    08/09/2015 4:53:35 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 32 replies
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    07/22/2015 8:37:54 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 36 replies
    Allen B. West ^ | 7/22/15
    Former Congressman and US army veteran Allen West making a passionate and emotional speech to over 12,000 people in Times Square at the ‘Stop Iran Deal Rally’ tonight..
  • If I were Secretary of Defense, here’s the FIRST position I’d eliminate

    08/11/2015 11:37:52 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 22 replies
    Allen B. West - Steadfast & Loyal ^ | August 10 , 2015 | Allen West
    There’s no need for “diversity agents” to try and manipulate the composition of our armed forces, sacrificing our effectiveness in pursuit of fairness, under the guise of enhanced increased capability. And what’s most disconcerting is the infiltration into the military of this ill-conceived mindset — namely the Pentagon joining in on this folly. The statement from an “expert at the Pentagon on the diversity of commando forces” — since when did the U.S. military need an expert on diversity of commando forces? I can tell you right now, if I were Secretary of Defense, that’s the first position I’d eliminate!...
  • It's Gratifying to See Dr. Carson Impress

    08/07/2015 2:31:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Rush ^ | August 7, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: My heart was also warm today because a number of people have sent me notes saying how blown away impressed they were with Dr. Ben Carson. It warmed my heart because I have gotten to know Dr. Carson just really in the last six months. I knew who he was when he first came to fame politically when he was at the National Prayer Breakfast and offered his own critique of Obamacare and what he would do. I've known of him long before that with the work that he's done in his career as a neurosurgeon, pediatric neurosurgeon. You...
  • Black Leaders Silence Gun Control Advocates With This One Simple Historical Fact

    The Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE) hosted a group of prominent figures from the African American community at 9:45A.M. on Friday, February 22nd at the National Press Club to speak out against gun control legislation currently being considered on Capitol Hill. CURE is the largest black conservative think tank in the nation and is headquartered in Washington, D.C. CURE organized the news conference in response to concerns shared by black conservatives that the Senate proposed laws will restrict their ability to defend themselves, their property and their families. They are also concerned that the proposed gun control legislation...
  • Ohio man accused of killing neighbor, running her over with mower

    07/31/2015 1:46:42 PM PDT · by upbeat5 · 17 replies
    AP viz ^ | July 31, 2015 | Associated Press Staff
    <p>WILLARD, Ohio – A man who became agitated about his next-door neighbor mowing her lawn at night shot her and then ran a push mower over her body, authorities said Friday.</p> <p>Linda Ciotto, 62, was shot in the face from close distance, Huron County Coroner Jeffrey Harwood said. Ciotto also had a severe wound to her left arm and hand that appeared to have been caused by a mower blade, Harwood said.</p>
  • SOWELL: Iran deal a catastrophe of historic proportions

    07/23/2015 9:15:30 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 5 replies
    Rapid City Journal ^ | By Thomas Sowell
    Distinguished scientist Freeman Dyson has called the 1433 decision of the emperor of China to discontinue his country's exploration of the outside world the "worst political blunder in the history of civilization." The United States seems at this moment about to break the record for the worst political blunder of all time, with its Obama administration deal that will make a nuclear Iran virtually inevitable. Already the years-long negotiations, with their numerous "deadlines" that have been extended again and again, have reduced the chances that Israel can destroy the Iranian nuclear facilities, which have been multiplied and placed in scattered...
  • Listen to A True American Hero, Soon to Be Seen On Mount Rushmore: Alan West

    07/23/2015 7:27:38 PM PDT · by lbryce · 12 replies
    You Tube ^ | July 23, 2015 | Alan West
    You Tube:Listen to a Real American Hero, Not the Fake, Phony Pusillanimous Types Contrived By Bureacrats: Listen to Alan West
  • Sowell: The Fact-Free Left

    07/21/2015 4:19:23 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 21, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    The outrage over another multiple murder of American military personnel on American soil by another Islamic extremist has been exacerbated by the fact that these military people had been ordered to be unarmed — and therefore sitting ducks. Millions of American civilians have also been forbidden to have guns, and are also sitting ducks — for criminals, terrorists or psychos. You might think that, before having laws or policies forcing fellow human beings to be defenseless targets, those who support such laws and policies would have some factual basis for believing that these gun restrictions save more lives, on net...
  • Ohio man records outcome of fatal car accident and calls victims 'idiots' instead of trying to help

    07/19/2015 5:53:53 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 19 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | July 17, 2015 | DAVID BOROFF
    An Ohio man callously recorded the outcome of a fatal car accident and called the 17-year-old victims "idiots" instead of trying to help them, authorities say. As neighbors desperately tried to assist Zachary Goodin and Cameron Friend, 41-year-old Paul Pelton filmed the wreckage as Friend lay dying — and even opened one of the car doors to get a better view. "I thought I saw movement in the backseat," Pelton told ABC 5 in Cleveland. "I wanted to open the door there to see if there were any victims back there that I could help. There was really nothing I...
  • Mayor calls Michelle Obama 'gorilla face,' won't resign

    07/16/2015 10:05:56 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 105 replies
    Sun Times ^ | Wednesday, July 15, 2015 | Chad Merda
    A mayor in Washington state says he won’t resign after he called First Lady Michelle Obama “gorilla face,” insisting that would mean he’s admitting he’s racist. Airway Heights Mayor Patrick Rushing confirmed to KHQ-6, NBC’s Spokane affiliate, that he indeed did make the offensive statement on his Facebook page, but brushed it off as playful banter between he and his friends. “Gorilla face Michelle, can’t disagree with that,” Rushing wrote. “The woman is not attractive except to monkey man Barack. Check out them ears. LOL.” He’s tried to brush it off as “playful back and forth banter that my friends...
  • 'Dating a black man is a sin': Stalker terrorizing multi-racial couples across Nebraska

    07/14/2015 10:02:46 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 75 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 14 July 2015
    A Nebraska couple say they were forced to leave their home after being bombarded with racist and terrorizing anonymous letters - and they are not the only ones. Police in Omaha say they have had at least 10 interracial couples report receiving shocking letters 'explaining' why they should not be together because they are not the same race. Investigators have now released footage of a man they believe to be the serial letter in the hope someone will come forward identifying him.
  • Surveillance Shows Teens Stealing Weapons From Orlando Gun Show (great video at link)

    07/13/2015 5:58:11 PM PDT · by Crystal Palace East · 62 replies
    Surveillance video, obtained by Channel 9 shows more than a dozen people stealing weapons from a gun show at the Central Florida Fairgrounds in Orange County over the Fourth of July weekend. According to Orlando police, nearly 20 guns were taken from one of the gun show booths after the show closed for the day on July 6. Police said the weapons include handguns and rifles, and those guns are still on the streets. Channel 9's Kathi Belich learned the group of burglars got into the building through a door on the east end of the main building by smashing...
  • What Happens When a Millennial Goes Fascist? He Starts up a Neo-Nazi Site

    07/01/2015 4:33:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Matt Pearce
    Andrew Anglin, 30, the publisher of the neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer, wouldn’t say where he was. He wouldn’t even say if he was in America. Anglin has gotten a lot of media requests after the Southern Poverty Law Center said Dylann Roof, the man accused of killing nine black parishioners in Charleston, S.C., last week, was possibly a commenter on the Daily Stormer, Anglin said in a Skype audio interview Tuesday. Anglin decided to respond to a Los Angeles Times interview request because -- it’s a small world -- he saw the reporter tweet Monday night about reading “The Forever...
  • New study shows South Africans using milk-based paint 49,000 years ago

    07/01/2015 4:51:34 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | June 30, 2015 | Jim Scott, University of Colorado at Boulder
    While the use of ochre by early humans dates to at least 250,000 years ago in Europe and Africa, this is the first time a paint containing ochre and milk has ever been found in association with early humans in South Africa, said Paola Villa, a curator at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History and lead study author. The milk likely was obtained by killing lactating members of the bovid family such as buffalo, eland, kudu and impala, she said... The powdered paint mixture was found on the edge of a small stone flake in a layer of...
  • Who was involved in the deadly Waco biker brawl?

    05/19/2015 7:16:57 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 111 replies ^ | 5/19/15 | By Caitlin Dickson
    Who was involved in the deadly Waco biker brawl? “In 34 years of law enforcement, this is the most violent crime scene I have ever been involved in,” Waco Police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said following a biker gang shootout that left 9 dead and 18 others wounded in the parking lot of a busy shopping center Sunday. “There is blood everywhere.” Reports of the grisly brawl, which police said escalated from the bathroom to the bar and out into the parking lot of a restaurant called Twin Peaks, sound like a scene from a movie — or one of...
  • As Global Number of Pupils Soars, Education Falls Behind

    05/12/2015 12:40:19 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 12, 2015 | Eduardo Porter
    A quarter of a century ago, barely half the children of primary school age in sub-Saharan Africa were enrolled in school. By 2012 the share was 78 percent. In South Asia, primary school enrollment jumped to 94 percent from 75 percent over the same period. This didn’t happen by chance. Policy makers around the world have come to understand the importance of learning for every aspect of human development. Universal primary education was one of the United Nations’ core Millennium Development Goals, which mobilized large amounts of aid in the first decade of the century for poor countries to expand...
  • New brain science shows poor kids have smaller brains than affluent kids

    04/16/2015 5:12:57 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 77 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 15, 2015 | Lyndsey Layton
    New research that shows poor children have smaller brains than affluent children has deepened the national debate about ways to narrow the achievement gap. Neuroscientists who studied the brain scans of nearly 1,100 children and young adults nationwide from ages 3 to 20 found that the surface area of the cerebral cortex was linked to family income. They discovered that the brains of children in families that earned less than $25,000 a year had surface areas 6 percent smaller than those whose families earned $150,000 or more. The poor children also scored lower on average on a battery of cognitive...
  • Questions of Bias Are Raised About a Teachers’ Exam in New York

    04/07/2015 7:33:31 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 25 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 7, 2015 | Kate Taylor
    A federal judge is questioning whether a new exam for aspiring teachers in New York is discriminatory against minorities, a case that could derail the state’s efforts to create a more rigorous set of tests for entry into the profession. Black and Hispanic applicants have been passing one of the exams, intended to measure reading and writing skills, at lower rates than white candidates, prompting concerns of decreased diversity in the teaching ranks. The judge, Kimba M. Wood of Federal District Court in Manhattan, has asked the state for extensive documentation on the development of the test, which was first...
  • It is all still about race: Obama hatred, the South and the truth about GOP wins

    11/07/2014 1:17:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    Salon ^ | November 4, 2014 | Paul Rosenberg
    All the conventional wisdom you'll hear tonight is wrong: Republican gains are really proof of age-old ugliness. In 1964, there were five black members of the House of Representatives — barely over 1 percent — compared to the 11 percent of the population who were black. But the American people were evenly split, 30 to 31 percent, on whether blacks should have more or less influence, with 28 percent saying things were “about right” as they stood. What’s more, those opposed to government social spending programs were three times more likely to say blacks should have less influence compared to...
  • WATCH: Was This The Biggest ‘Wheel of Fortune’ EPIC FAIL in History? (Video)

    04/12/2014 8:03:56 PM PDT · by AuditTheFed · 36 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 04-12-2014 | TopClip
    A contestant named Julian from Indiana University must be feeling pretty stupid right about now. And Hoosiers can't be feeling too proud. Julian had the chance to win $1 million Friday night, had the puzzle fully solved, and then lost because he pronounced Achilles like “A-chill-us.” Because of that mistake, the show decided not to give him the victory and instead, one of the other contestants who know the “mythological hero” got the chance to steal and did. (To win the full $1 million he would have had to overcome some other hurdles as well.) But alas, poor Julian' disastrous...
  • Bush Urges Effort to Close Black and White Students’ Achievement Gap

    04/11/2014 7:15:18 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 112 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 10, 2014 | Peter Baker
    AUSTIN, Tex. — Former President George W. Bush called the achievement gap between white and black children “a national scandal” on Thursday and urged both parties to come together to address it as the central civil rights issue of the modern era. Paying tribute to President Lyndon B. Johnson at a conference commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, Mr. Bush said the real test of the nation’s commitment to equality would be to fix an educational system that has tolerated low standards for too long. “There’s a growing temptation among public officials in both political parties at...
  • Feds investigate Florida's Bright Futures scholarships (SAT qualification discriminatory)

    03/25/2014 5:31:30 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 13 replies
    The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has quietly revived an investigation of Florida’s Bright Futures scholarships, a move that could reignite long-simmering complaints about the fairness of the popular program. Since the program’s inception, an outsized share of more than $4 billion in scholarships has gone to white or affluent families, at least some of whom were wealthy enough to afford college without any help. In recent years, state lawmakers — concerned about rising costs of the program — changed the standards to make the scholarships even harder to get, raising the minimum SAT and ACT test...
  • In Research Involving Genome Analysis, Some See a ‘New Racism’

    03/24/2014 5:58:27 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 14 replies
    Chronicle of Higher Education
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  • School Data Finds Pattern of Inequality Along Racial Lines

    03/21/2014 12:27:45 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 83 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 21, 2014 | MOTOKO RICH
    Racial minorities are more likely than white students to be suspended from school, to have less access to rigorous math and science classes, and to be taught by lower-paid teachers with less experience, according to comprehensive data released Friday by the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. In the first analysis in nearly 15 years of information from all of the country’s 97,000 public schools, the Education Department found a pattern of inequality on a number of fronts, with race as the dividing factor. Black students are suspended and expelled at three times the rate of white students. A...
  • Why can’t we talk about IQ?

    08/09/2013 3:06:33 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 221 replies
    Politico ^ | August 9, 2013 | Jason Richwine
    “IQ is a metric of such dubiousness that almost no serious educational researcher uses it anymore,” the Guardian’s Ana Marie Cox wrote back in May. It was a breathtakingly ignorant statement. Psychologist Jelte Wicherts noted in response that a search for “IQ test” in Google’s academic database yielded more than 10,000 hits — just for the year 2013. But Cox’s assertion is all too common. There is a large discrepancy between what educated laypeople believe about cognitive science and what experts actually know. Journalists are steeped in the lay wisdom, so they are repeatedly surprised when someone forthrightly discusses the...
  • MSNBC Host Compares Gitmo Inmates to American Slaves

    05/26/2013 7:44:44 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 53 replies
    MSNBC Host Compares Gitmo Inmates to American Slaves Daniel Halper May 26, 2013 10:38 AM On MSNBC, host Melissa Harris-Perry compared Gitmo terrorist inmates to American slaves: "This is the time to reaffirm our Americanness," said Harris-Perry. "I also appreciate that the hunger strikers are not trying to die. They're trying to generate autonomy in the context of something that strips their humanity--something we certainly know about from the experience of American slavery. And that the language of before I would be a slave, I'd be buried in my grave and go home to my Lord and be free. Just...
  • The Crucifixion of Jason Richwine

    05/10/2013 3:09:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies ^ | May 10, 2013 | Michelle Malkin
    How low will supporters of the Gang of Eight immigration bill go to get their way? This low: They've shamelessly branded an accomplished Ivy League-trained quantitative analyst a "racist" and will stop at nothing to destroy his career as they pave their legislative path to another massive illegal alien benefits bonanza. Jason Richwine works for the conservative Heritage Foundation. He's a Harvard University Ph.D. who co-authored a study that pegs the cost of the Ted Kennedy Memorial Open Borders Act 2.0 legislation at $6.3 trillion. Lead author Robert Rector is a senior research fellow at Heritage, a former United States...
  • Heritage official resigns amid controversy

    05/10/2013 2:06:51 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 60 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 10, 2013 | ERICA WERNER
    A co-author of a disputed Heritage Foundation report on a new immigration bill has resigned amid controversy over claims he made about immigrants having low IQs. A spokesman for the conservative think tank confirmed Jason Richwine's resignation Friday without offering details. Richwine was one of two authors of a report released Monday that said immigration legislation pending in the Senate would cost $6.3 trillion over 50 years as immigrants consumed federal benefits without making up for it in taxes. The report quickly came under attack as critics from the left and right said it didn't account for economic benefits from...
  • Heritage study co-author opposed letting in immigrants with low IQs

    05/08/2013 12:06:21 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 44 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 8, 2013 | Dylan Matthews
    The Heritage Foundation made something of a splash with its study suggesting that immigration reform will cost the public trillions. Past work by one of its co-authors helps put that piece in context. Jason Richwine is relatively new to the think tank world. He received his PhD in public policy from Harvard in 2009, and joined Heritage after a brief stay at the American Enterprise Institute. Richwine’s doctoral dissertation is titled “IQ and Immigration Policy”; the contents are well summarized in the dissertation abstract: "The statistical construct known as IQ can reliably estimate general mental ability, or intelligence. The average...
  • NAACP claims discriminatory admission practices at [New York] city's elite high schools

    09/27/2012 8:37:57 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 70 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | SEPTEMBER 26, 2012 | BEN CHAPMAN
    The NAACP has filed a bombshell complaint with the U.S. Department of Education, alleging discriminatory admission practices at the city’s elite high schools. In a blistering document delivered to the feds Thursday morning, the NAACP accused the city of barring black and Latino students from eight of its “best public schools,” including Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, where only 1% of students are black. “Black and Latino students don’t see opportunity at places like Stuyvesant because of the admissions process,” said NAACP attorney Rachel Kleinman. “It’s not fair and it’s bad policy.” The city’s Specialized High Schools Admissions Test is...
  • The Talk: Nonblack Version

    04/07/2012 5:04:29 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 181 replies
    Taki's Magazine ^ | April 5, 2012 | John Derbyshire
    ... There is a talk that nonblack Americans have with their kids, too. My own kids, now 19 and 16, have had it in bits and pieces as subtopics have arisen. If I were to assemble it into a single talk, it would look something like the following. (1) Among your fellow citizens are forty million who identify as black, and whom I shall refer to as black. The cumbersome (and MLK-noncompliant) term “African-American” seems to be in decline, thank goodness. “Colored” and “Negro” are archaisms. What you must call “the ‘N’ word” is used freely among blacks but is...
  • Despite Focus on Data, Standards for Diploma May Still Lack Rigor (high school grads cannot write)

    02/06/2012 6:16:00 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 24 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 5, 2012 | MICHAEL WINERIP
    The next time people try to tell you how much the data-driven education reform programs of President George W. Bush (No Child Left Behind) and President Obama (Race to the Top) have raised academic standards in America, suggest that they take a look at the Jan. 24, 2012, New York State English Regents exam. This year, for the first time, high schools students must score at least 65 on the English exam, as well as on four other state tests — math, science, global history and United States history — to earn a diploma. The three-hour English test includes 25...
  • Black students at Duke upset over study (finding more black students drop out of hard majors)

    01/13/2012 2:44:23 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 84 replies · 1+ views
    Herald-Sun ^ | January 12, 2012 | Neil Offen
    DURHAM — Black students at Duke University are angry over a university research paper that found African-American undergraduates at the school are disproportionally more likely to switch from tough majors to easier ones. “The implications and intentions of this research at the hands of our very own prestigious faculty, seemingly without a genuine concern for proactively furthering the well-being of the black community is hurtful and alienating,” wrote the officers of Duke’s Black Student Alliance in an email sent to the state NAACP. The letter from Nana Asante, president of the alliance, challenged the faculty members involved in the research...
  • In New York, Mexicans Lag in Education

    11/25/2011 4:58:48 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 24, 2011 | KIRK SEMPLE
    In the past two decades, the Mexican population in New York City has grown more than fivefold, with immigrants settling across the five boroughs. Many adults have demonstrated remarkable success at finding work, filling restaurant kitchens and construction sites, and opening hundreds of businesses. But their children, in one crucial respect, have fared far differently. About 41 percent of all Mexicans between ages 16 and 19 in the city have dropped out of school, according to census data. No other major immigrant group has a dropout rate higher than 20 percent, and the overall rate for the city is less...
  • Closing the Achievement Gap

    11/15/2011 6:19:30 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | November 15, 2011 | REIHAN SALAM & TINO SANANDAJI
    During the recent struggle over collective-bargaining rights in Wisconsin, a number of left-of-center observers, including New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, pointed out that students in unionized Wisconsin do better on average than students in non-unionized Texas. The obvious conclusion, or so we were led to believe, is that teachers’ unions lead to better education. There is, however, a problem with this argument. Drawing on data from the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress, the political commentator David Burge pointed out that white students in Texas outperform white students in Wisconsin, black students in Texas outperform black students in Wisconsin,...
  • A New Book Argues Against the SAT (bias against minorities, women asserted)

    11/09/2011 10:45:29 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 9, 2011 | REBECCA R. RUIZ
    When Wake Forest University announced three years ago that it would make the SAT optional for its undergraduate applicants, among those cheering was Joseph Soares, a sociology professor at the university. Mr. Soares has channeled his enthusiasm for Wake Forest’s decision — as well as for similar policies at several hundred other colleges — into a new book, “SAT Wars,” that argues for looking beyond standardized test scores in college admissions. (The book was published last month by Teachers College Press.) “The SAT and ACT are fundamentally discriminatory,” Mr. Soares said in a phone interview last week. Through his own...
  • In College, Working Hard to Learn High School Material

    10/24/2011 7:20:15 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 53 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 23, 2011 | MICHAEL WINERIP
    In June, Desiree Smith was graduated from Murry Bergtraum High. Her grades were in the 90s, she said, and she had passed the four state Regents exams. Since enrolling last month at LaGuardia Community College in Queens, Ms. Smith, 19, has come to realize that graduating from a New York City public high school is not the same as learning. She failed all three placement tests for LaGuardia and is now taking remediation in reading, writing and math. So are Nikita Thomas, of Bedford Stuyvesant Prep; Sade Washington, of the Young Women’s Leadership School in East Harlem; Stacey Sumulong, of...
  • Our Achievement-Gap Mania

    09/27/2011 7:49:27 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 19 replies
    National Affairs ^ | Fall 2011 | FREDERICK M. HESS
    A decade ago, the No Child Left Behind Act ushered in an era of federally driven educational accountability focused on narrowing the chasms between the test scores and graduation rates of students of different incomes and races. The result was a whole new way of speaking and thinking about the issue: "Achievement gaps" became reformers' catch phrase, and closing those gaps became the goal of American education policy. Today, the notion of "closing achievement gaps" has become synonymous with education reform. The Education Trust, perhaps the nation's most influential K-12 advocacy group, explains: "Our goal is to close the gaps...