Charles Murray has an article up at Commentary that examines what strongly appear to be innate differences in intelligence between men and women and between races. I cannot speak to the accuracy of the evidence presented but am accepting its veracity, arguendo. Dr. Murray quotes Steven Pinker thus “Equality is not the empirical claim that all groups of humans are interchangeable; it is the moral principle that individuals should not be judged or constrained by the average properties of their group.” While I agree with the quote, my understanding of “All men are created equal” applied to man’s status before God and before man’s law as well as in the manner that Pinker proposes.
Acceptance of the fact of innate differences has some potential for positive impact on educational policy issues. I’m not sure that a return to the two-track system is possible (or even desirable) but perhaps a cessation of the “dumbing down” process could occur. The current leveling process has been employed in the MSE for at least twenty years and has diminished the value of a high school diploma to the point where it is regarded as a simple award for showing up for school. Meanwhile, many businesses spend an extraordinary amount of time and money in remedial training to bring the average HS graduate up to a trainable level. It’s another hidden tax.
Can the fact of innate differences even be presented to the public in discussion? The Harvard faculty reaction to President Summer’s remarks and his subsequent expenditure of $50MM to quell the storm suggests not. I haven’t seen much on this article to date and I’m curious as to the reaction of the poster’s here both to the article and to the proposition that it is an appropriate subject for public discussion.
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