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Minority Report

This is NOT an advertisement.
It is an observation.

I just heard a report by The Science Show here in Australia about research in the USA on the performance of 'minorities'.

The interview was with Prof. Douglas Massey of Princeton.

See the precise of the book, "The Source of the River:
The Social Origins of Freshmen at America's Selective Colleges and Universities"
, Douglas S. Massey, Camille Z. Charles, Garvey F. Lundy, and Mary J. Fischer. Chapter 1 is available for download. "...the benefits of affirmative action for minority students, their communities, and the nation at large."

The show was headlined, though, by this interview. "Reading ability is determined by your genes. Young children are transformed after the age of four and five, just about the time they first go to school. Professor Brian Byrne from the University of New England at Armidale, NSW, has new findings with surprising implications. Poor reading results are not necessarily the school’s fault. Indeed, he says, those schools with children who struggle to read, should be given increased resources, not penalised. ALSO: affirmative action, the selection of minorities for places at universities, could produce even better results than if the students are protected from smear."

And, you can hear it all as an audio stream or a podcast.

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