4.29 The Bell Curve Controversy

4.29 The Bell Curve Controversy - April 29, 2011 The Bell...

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April 29, 2011 The Bell Curve Controversy Word of the Day stratum: layer; a portion of body of institutions, beliefs, etc., proceeding from one historical period or representing one stage of development; a level or grade in social position or culture; the part of a population belongs to a particular level in station or education Ogbu Recap Oppositional culture on part of African Americans because of status as involuntary minorities. He attributes this to achievement gap. Harris Recap Skeptical of Ogbu’s argument. Harris’s findings square with the latest results of other quantitative and qualitative results. But more empirical research is needed before any definitive conclusions can be drawn. Economic Inequality Herrnstein and Murray Premises: -Intelligence is distributed along a bell curve -bell curves: refers to a type of distribution that values of a variable can follow. It refers to a “normal” distribution. A normal distribution is a distribution of values for a variable in which
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4.29 The Bell Curve Controversy - April 29, 2011 The Bell...

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