Monday, August 04, 2014
  Interesting fact, loony conclusions

Reverse causation as usual. Minorities, women hit hardest as usual.

The fact: Adding more math and science courses causes more students to drop out. Seems to be a pretty good correlation, and the arrow of causation is probably valid within these two variables.

But as soon as the "scientists" depart from the observation, they roll out the standard multiply-wrong multiply-reversed hyperdyslogic:
“Many students were ill-prepared for the tougher standards,” said Tate... "Going forward, state policymakers must understand that students can’t take more math and science courses if they quit school.”

“High school education is very highly correlated with health outcomes ... Individuals who drop out of high school report more health problems and lower quality of life. Higher dropout rates also can strain the welfare system, which can affect people’s health.
No, idiot. Preparation isn't relevant. Only one thing is relevant: ANYONE CAN LEARN ENOUGH MATH AND SCIENCE WHEN MATH AND SCIENCE ARE TAUGHT PROPERLY. But you're not going to teach properly. You're going to continue teaching shit.
Plunk said the study shows that a “one-size-fits-all” approach to educational requirements is not ideal because the effect on various demographic groups, states and school districts is likely to be very different.
Right, idiot. We need to lower the standards for Officially Privileged Minorities, of course without ever counting the Officially Privileged Minorities except that we have to count them so we can know when we've lowered the standards low enough, which we won't know because we aren't separating their scores except that we really are separating their scores without letting ourselves know. Orwell's word doublethink was wildly understated. What we have now is infinitethink.
What’s certain, he explained, is that when educational policies produce an unintended consequence like larger numbers of dropouts, the effects of those policies reverberate far beyond the classroom.

“Communities with higher dropout rates tend to have increased crime,” Plunk said. “Murders are more common. In fact, a previous study estimated that a 1 percent reduction in the country’s high school dropout rate could result in 400 fewer murders and 8,000 fewer assaults per year. Unfortunately, our finding of a 1 percent increase in the dropout rate suggests we are going in the wrong direction.”
Right, fuckhead. Dropping out causes crime.

Tell you what, fuckhead. Part of the reason I dropped out of college is that I saw where college would lead: it would turn me into a fucking idiot like you.

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