The Declarer (Floyd McWilliams' Blog)

Monday, January 24, 2005


There are plenty of letters printed in the Mercury News that I agree with, but very few make me laugh this hard:


The math gap

Numerous feminists were outraged by remarks by Harvard University President Lawrence Summers suggesting that perhaps women were, on average, not as able as men in the field of mathematics (Page 3A, Jan. 18). Summers was attempting to explain why females scored lower in mathematics tests.

While Summers was pilloried for committing heresy, none of his critics attempted to counter his remarks by suggesting a scientific investigation to ascertain the cause of the test-score differential. I suppose that this sort of thinking didn't naturally occur to them.

Ken Leeds
Sunnyvale


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