University Corruption: Have the diversity cultists completely taken over? By Walter Williams.
If universities don’t make an effort to diversify their science, technology, engineering and math (known as STEM) programs, they risk losing millions in grant money.
A UCLA scientist says, “All across the country the big question now in STEM is: how can we promote more women and minorities by ‘changing’ (i.e., lowering) the requirements we had previously set for graduate level study?” [Heather] Mac Donald says, “Mathematical problem-solving is being deemphasized in favor of more qualitative group projects; the pace of undergraduate physics education is being slowed down so that no one gets left behind.”
Diversity-crazed people ignore the fact that there are systemic differences in race and sex that influence various outcomes. Males outperform females at the highest levels of math; however, males are overrepresented at the lowest levels of math competence. In 2016, the number of males scoring above 700 on the math portion of the SAT was nearly twice as high as the number of females scoring above 700. There are 2.5 males in the U.S. in the top 0.01 percent of math ability for every female, according to the journal Intelligence (February 2018).
In terms of careers, females are more people-centered than males. That might explain why females make up 75 percent of workers in health care-related fields but only 14 percent of engineering workers and 25 percent of computer workers. Nearly 82 percent of obstetrics and gynecology medical residents in 2016 were women. Mac Donald asks sarcastically, “Is gynecology biased against males, or are females selecting where they want to work?”
Notions of treating everyone the same, meritocracy, and even truth itself are under assault from feminists and other identity group activists of the left. Looking forward to an ever more incompetent society.
A famous example: In 1969 an almost exclusively white male NASA landed men on the moon. Starting in 1970 NASA, a US Government bureaucracy, introduced diversity measures. Today NASA can no longer do a moon landing, has no shuttle, and uses Russian engines in its rockets. But it has diversity and does Muslim outreach.
I used to joke that PC maths would end up playing to female skillsets by asking exam questions like: “How do you think the number two feels about always being less than three? Is this unfair? What can we do to remedy the situation? (1,000 words).” Less funny now.
hat-tip Scott of the Pacific