Charts: Racial Gap In Belief In Education Impact On Careers

Alexander Russo, California Institute of the Arts, Nov 14, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I see a lot of stuff like this in the education media and I frankly don't understand it. Do they do genetic screening to determine race, or a skin colour test? How did they classify people of mixed race? Do the racial classifications actually mean anything? What is 'Asian' anyways? What purpose is served by ordering responses into categories labled 'race' (instead of, say, family income, zip code ranked by mean income, etc.)? Can anyone identify a causal mechanism connecting skin colour (or other putative indicators of 'race') with (in this case) belief in benefits obtained from education? Why can't educators do real sacience instead of this sort of phrenology?

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