Measured Lies: The Bell Curve Examined

Measured Lies: The Bell Curve Examined

by Joe L. Kincheloe, Aaron D. Gresson, Shirley R. Steinberg
     
 
In Measures Lies, the first thoughtful and reasoned reading of The Bell Curve, the editors have assembled a group of the most well-respected educators and social theorists writing today to provide responses to Hernstein and Murray's racial and intellectual agenda.

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In Measures Lies, the first thoughtful and reasoned reading of The Bell Curve, the editors have assembled a group of the most well-respected educators and social theorists writing today to provide responses to Hernstein and Murray's racial and intellectual agenda.

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Library Journal
In this volume, Richard Herrnstein and Charles Murray, authors of the notorious The Bell Curve (Free Pr., 1994), are once again accused of specious methodology in their rationalization of a ("hoodoo") social science position that claims to validate an immutable genetic connection among low achievement, poverty, violent crime affecting an entire class of people (primarily African American), and I.Q. scores. The 44 contributors span a broad range of affiliation and focus. Similar to but more strident than those found in The Bell Curve Wars: Race, Intelligence, and the Future of America (LJ 4/15/94), these abundantly referenced essays criticize the validity of Herrnstein and Murray's thesis for use of questionable assumptions, reliance on racist scholars, rejection of contradictory evidence, and equation of correlation with cause. Part a product of an increasingly conservative society, part authors' bias, The Bell Curve is seen by the essayists as a seriously flawed, dangerous rearticulation of white supremacist/racist/class ideology. This thoughtful, readable anthology is highly recommended for academics, policy makers, and the general public.Suzanne W. Wood, SUNY Coll. of Technology, Alfred
Booknews
Twenty-nine essays responding to Herrnstein and Murray's book The Bell Curve arguing against its thesis point by point, chapter by chapter. The contributors, distinguished scholars in their fields, use the techniques of reason, logic, and evidence emphasized by The Bell Curve authors without sacrificing some very powerful accusations of racism, classism, sexism, and elitism. The volume also features interviews with Stanley Aronowitz, and a dialogue between Paulo Freire and Donaldo Macedo. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312129293
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
04/01/1996
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
5.78(w) x 8.53(h) x 1.54(d)

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