Archives for October, 2010

Yet more on graduation rates

Thanks to Razib, I’ve managed to separate out Hispanic graduation rates in our new favorite graph (cf. and also): I didn’t put this on the graph, but immigration history does make a difference here. Hispanics born in the US have essentially the same high school graduation rate as everyone else, go to college more often…

More on graduation rates

In answer to requests from the previous post on graduation rates, here’s the same data broken down by race. African Americans still lag whites in graduation rates, but have made impressive gains in high school graduation rates, though graduation appears more likely to be delayed. African Americans are making impressive gains in grad school, but…

Not Helpful

Via This Is Not Helpful, a review of creationist movie Dragons or Dinosaurs: Creation or Evolution. The reviewer is concerned that teachers presenting the view that dragons are really dinosaurs might get fired from public schools, “loosing 4-8 years of collage.” My greatest fear is that this blog cataloging unhelpful Netflix reviews will turn out…

The opening of Sam Harris’s End of Faith, like several essays he wrote at HuffPo, focus on suicide bombing. He argues that suicide bombing is absurd, and only exists because of religion. A footnote to EoF acknowledges that suicide bombing was first deployed on a large scale by the Tamil Tigers, who were not fighting…

We told you so

When Sam Harris first broached the topic of his latest book in a YouTube video, Sean Carroll made a thoughtful criticism of the talk, and Harris replied via Twitter: “Please know that I will be responding to this stupidity.” He did reply, though never successfully addressing the arguments offered against his position. He’s studiously ignored…

Education is the silver bullet

While answering a question for Science and Religion Today (“Is it of greater importance for America to have more scientific experts or less scientific illiteracy” ? short answer: both, but if I must, I’d choose scientific literacy), I started toying around with these data on graduation rates in different generations:      Based on the General…

Love it or leave it

Senator Jim DeMint clearly hates America for its freedoms. As a local paper reports: DeMint said if someone is openly homosexual, they shouldn’t be teaching in the classroom and he holds the same position on an unmarried woman who’s sleeping with her boyfriend — she shouldn’t be in the classroom. “(When I said those things,)…