Current Reading

This blog is primarily for me to blog my responses to books that I'm reading. Sometimes I blog about other stuff too, though.

I'm currently reading Notes on the Death of Culture: Essays on Spectacle and Society by Mario Vargas Llosa.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

We have found a witch; may we burn him?

On pages 155-156, Hacker says that a country that is as unequal as ours cannot expect strong math performance across the board.  Usually people assume that success in STEM classes will fix inequality, but  Hacker dares to say that fixing inequality is what it would take to get more success in STEM.  That is about as heretical as an Imam drinking bacon-flavored vodka.  Then he goes on to question whether beating the rest of the world in math is even a valid goal.  Saying that in the current climate of higher education in America is like pissing on the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico.  Well done, sir.

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