shemp wrote:I think it is perfectly reasonable to investigate such questions in a proper scientific manner, without being shouted down and banned. But this kid's project is just pure laziness and shit.
I don't care how much effort he put into it, it was always going to be problematic. It's going to make people angry no matter what. Imagine a school science "project" questioning whether the Holocaust really happened. I don't care how much time and effort you put into that project trying to prove that the Holocaust wasn't real, it's not going to go over well.
Isn't it better to discuss the question and address it with facts and science than to just ban it? I don't see that anyone made any effort to try to refute the kid's poor arguments. This could be an opportunity to make it clear to him and to other students why he's wrong. For example, they could assign this question to students to investigate and to write and present papers.
When someone makes baseless assertions, use them as teaching opportunities.
The controversial project also included a bibliography and quotes from five books, one a text from 1904 called “The Essential Kafir” that argued South African blacks were intellectually inferior to whites.
I think this student started out with a conclusion and then tried to find arguments and facts to back up his conclusion. Because you could find lots of other books that argue against those books, like The Mismeasure of Man
by Stephen Jay Gould. Did he bother to investigate those counterarguments or just look for things that confirmed what he was trying to prove?
I agree. I think the kid may even have been looking for controversy. He certainly didn't bother to do any serious research.
I'd also like to point out that his original question was, “If the average IQs of blacks, Southeast Asians, and Hispanics are lower than the average IQs of non-Hispanic whites and Northeast Asians, then the racial disproportionality in (HISP) is justified.” If he really wanted to research this, he should not only be researching the relationship between race and intelligence, but also the question of whether or not this racial disproportionality in HISP is due to this or other factors, and the question of whether this disproportionality is justified even if there is a correlation between race and intelligence.
I think the kid is just a little racist shit who's looking to cause trouble.