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  •  I agree generally with what you have said: (3+ / 0-)
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    DowneastDem, johanus, blueoasis

    I do think that Harvard has come under some unfair criticism for the work of a racist nut. That doesn't mean that their response hasn't been troubling.

    It is absolutely true that Harvard is one of the most progressively run and nobly motivated institutions in the world and that an institution as massive as Harvard cannot be analyzed under the light of one PhD dissertation, nor its committee.

    Given all of that, when asked to respond to the "findings" that one "race" has tested below that of a "native white race" (whatever the hell that is) it IS fair to judge their response - or lack of one as being somewhat indicative of how seriously they take the problem or, at the very least, how sensitive they are to it.

    Their response (at least those that I have read, perhaps I have not read all) has been to focus on the "political" question of immigration and hide behind the "freedoms" to disagree politically. What I have not seen addressed, is a statement concerning use of "racial classifications" as legitimate "tools" of anything. It would seem to me to be a pretty straightforward endeavor to say "Harvard does not condone using "race" as constructive. . .

    You are correct in your criticism of people ranting about Harvard passing this dissertation as a slur. And yesterday, I disagreed with those who misquoted Summers to further smear it, but I think (just IMO) you are too quick to absolve them from their inept response over the last week.

    Blessed are the peacemakers, the poor, the meek and the sick. Message to Repug Fundies: "DO you really wonder "what would Jesus do?" I didn't think so.

    by 4CasandChlo on Sat May 11, 2013 at 11:56:34 AM PDT

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    •  Oh, and by "their response" I mean: (1+ / 0-)
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      By "their" I mean the top administration.

      Certainly I am not holding any of the faculty, students or schools up as being part of "official" Harvard. In fact, some of the best response has come from the students in the K School itself.

      Blessed are the peacemakers, the poor, the meek and the sick. Message to Repug Fundies: "DO you really wonder "what would Jesus do?" I didn't think so.

      by 4CasandChlo on Sat May 11, 2013 at 11:59:02 AM PDT

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      •  I agree (2+ / 0-)
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        4CasandChlo, OleHippieChick

        I found the dissertation committee members' responses quite lame and the K school dean's as well.

        When we send an email, or post something here or other places on the web, we've become conditioned to instant communication. In fact, even corporations are taught that quick response is part of crisis management. But, universities take their time. I'll be interested to see how this plays out and I'm assuming it hasn't played out.
        I'm also waiting to see if the R/R scandal gets at least an investigation of the possibility of scientific misconduct, since selective omission of data is included in most definitions of such.

        In a normal chain of command, this would start with the chair of the department and a look at the emails exchanged during the data analysis, but, if you take a look at who the current chair is and what his prior job was, I'm not holding my breath.

        I'm from the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party

        by voicemail on Sat May 11, 2013 at 06:35:39 PM PDT

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