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Profs Stop saying girls are as good as boys at math

A new Stanford University study warns against claiming that “girls are as good as boys at math,” saying this may “unintentionally perpetuate bias.”

“Some well-meaning statements can spread stereotypes,” proclaims the headline of a university press release touting the study, highlighting the study’s conclusion that such sentences “frame one gender as the standard for the other."

“On the surface, the sentence tries to convey that both sexes are equal in their abilities,” the university explains. “But because of its grammatical structure, it implies that being good at math is more common or natural for boys than girls.”

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The study, titled “Girls Are as Good as Boys at Math” Implies That Boys Are Probably Better: A Study of Expressions of Gender Equality,” was conducted by Stanford psychology professor and Associate Dean for the Social Sciences Ellen Markman and researcher Eleanor Chestnut, a postdoctoral scholar at New York University.

The researchers first asked participants to indicate whether they believe girls or boys are naturally more skilled at math, finding that 67 percent attributed more natural math ability to boys.

They then had participants read a paragraph from a study showing a lack of gender differences in math ability, but altered the wording to frame the information in one of four ways: “girls do just as well as boys at math,” “boys do just as well as girls at math,” “girls and boys are equally good at math,” and “boys and girls are equally good at math.” 

After reading their text, participants were asked which gender they believed to be more naturally competent in math.

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“As predicted, participants who read ‘girls are as good as boys at math’ held onto their stereotypic belief that boys have more natural math talent and have to work less hard to be good at math,” the authors of the study state, surmising that “because this statement framed boys as the reference point, it subtly implied that boys set the standard for math ability.”

Conversely, they report that participants who read the phrase with the genders reversed were actually mor

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Watchdog blasts Fresno State for shielding pro-abortion vandal

The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is urging California State University, Fresno to reveal the results of disciplinary actions against a student who allegedly tore down pro-life fliers on campus.

The letter was penned by ADF attorneys representing Fresno State Students for Life, a pro-life organization on campus, and questions the school’s refusal “to reveal to our clients what disciplinary action was taken against a...student who destroyed their fliers due to the content and viewpoints those fliers expressed.”

According to the letter, the vandalism occurred on April 10, when several members of the pro-life group allegedly witnessed a student tearing down fliers that were posted on a campus bulletin. 

“When they attempted to replace it, a Fresno State student walked around the corner, ripped a second flyer out of their hands, and then walked down the hallway, tearing down at least two more,” the letter continued. 

[RELATED: Fresno State parts ways with prof who said 'Trump must hang']

Following an initial investigation, one of the pro-life students inquired about the details of the disciplinary action implemented by the university, but the Office of Student Conduct declined to provide any information, citing student confidentiality under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

According to ADF, however, FERPA “does not prevent Fresno State from revealing the information” that has been requested by the victim.

“If you believe that statutes or regulations prevent the disclosure of this information, please identify all such statutes or regulations and the reason you believe they apply to this situation,” the letter challenges the school.

ADF goes on to list four specific demands from the university, including “the name of the perpetrator,” “the rules or code sections the perpetrator violated,” “the essential findings supporting Fresno State’s decision in whether and how to discipline the perpetrator,” and “what discipline (if any) Fresno State imposed on the perpetrator.” 

In a July 3 statement, ADF legal counsel Travis Barham said that “Fresno State has rightly acknowledged the constitutionally protected freedoms of Fresno State Students for Life in the past, and we are hopeful the university will be similarly respectful here.” 

“Studen

Read more: https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=11116

ADF demands Fresno State reveal vandals identity to victim

The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is urging California State University, Fresno to reveal the results of disciplinary actions against a student who allegedly tore down pro-life fliers on campus.

The letter was penned by ADF attorneys representing Fresno State Students for Life, a pro-life organization on campus, and questions the school’s refusal “to reveal to our clients what disciplinary action was taken against a...student who destroyed their fliers due to the content and viewpoints those fliers expressed.”

According to the letter, the vandalism occurred on April 10, when several members of the pro-life group allegedly witnessed a student tearing down fliers that were posted on a campus bulletin. 

“When they attempted to replace it, a Fresno State student walked around the corner, ripped a second flyer out of their hands, and then walked down the hallway, tearing down at least two more,” the letter continued. 

[RELATED: Fresno State parts ways with prof who said 'Trump must hang']

Following an initial investigation, one of the pro-life students inquired about the details of the disciplinary action implemented by the university, but the Office of Student Conduct declined to provide any information, citing student confidentiality under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

According to ADF, however, FERPA “does not prevent Fresno State from revealing the information” that has been requested by the victim.

“If you believe that statutes or regulations prevent the disclosure of this information, please identify all such statutes or regulations and the reason you believe they apply to this situation,” the letter challenges the school.

ADF goes on to list four specific demands from the university, including “the name of the perpetrator,” “the rules or code sections the perpetrator violated,” “the essential findings supporting Fresno State’s decision in whether and how to discipline the perpetrator,” and “what discipline (if any) Fresno State imposed on the perpetrator.” 

In a July 3 statement, ADF legal counsel Travis Barham said that “Fresno State has rightly acknowledged the constitutionally protected freedoms of Fresno State Students for Life in the past, and we are hopeful the university will be similarly respectful here.” 

“Studen

Read more: https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=11116

Students demand that Yale Law spurn alumns SCOTUS nomination

Hundreds of students, faculty, and alumni are “ashamed” that Yale Law School congratulated Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a 1990 alumnus, on his nomination to the Supreme Court.

An open letter to YLS administrators, which had garnered more than 300 signatures by press time, vociferously objects to a press release issued by the law school boasting of Kavanaugh’s accomplishment, asking, “Is there nothing more important to Yale Law School than its proximity to power and prestige?”

The signatories allege that “the press release’s focus on the nominee's professionalism, pedigree, and service to Yale Law School obscures the true stakes of his nomination,” saying it has made them “ashamed” of their alma mater.

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The letter only becomes more strident as it goes along, saying that Kavanaugh’s nomination “presents an emergency—for democratic life, for our safety and freedom, [and] for the future of the country.” Indeed, the letter even goes so far as to declare that Kavanaugh “is a threat to many of us, despite the privilege bestowed by our education, simply because of who we are.”

It then proceeds to outline aspects of Kavanaugh’s judicial philosophy with which the signatories do not agree, including his opinions related to abortion rights, the Affordable Care Act, and deference to the executive branch, among others. 

Notably, the letter actually asserts that overturning Roe v. Wade, which President Trump has repeatedly stressed as a goal when discussing Supreme Court nominations, “would endanger the lives of countless people who need or may need abortions.”

The signatories also object to Kavanaugh’s 2015 dissent in a case involving the ACA’s contraceptive mandate, saying his argument that forcing religious organizations to provide birth control coverage gives them “grave concern that he will consistently prioritize the beliefs of third-parties over the rights of the oppressed.”

[RELATED: Students blast ‘intimidating’ endorsement of Nobel for Trump]

The press release that inspired the letter, which was shared by both Yale University and Yale Law School on social media platforms, includes information about the nominee’s background, as well as favorable opinions of Judge Kavanaugh

Read more: https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=11115

Universities pledge to maintain affirmative action policies

Several major universities are pledging to continue using race as a factor in hiring and admissions after the Trump administration reversed the federal endorsement of affirmative action.

In the wake of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ move to rescind government guidance on affirmative action, universities across the country, including many Ivy League schools, are coming forward with statements asserting their intent to maintain the policy.

[RELATED: MIT hiring admin to expand ‘affirmative action’ efforts]

“Affirmative action is a proven method of promoting diversity on our campus and is supported by decades of American case law,” Dartmouth College announced in a press release last week. “Dartmouth remains firmly committed to exercising that right to affirmative action in hiring and admissions.”

Yale University has also come forward to declare that it has no intention of changing its admissions policies or standards.

“Yale seeks to create a vibrant and varied academic community where our students interact with people of different backgrounds and points of view,” Yale spokesman Tom Conroy told The Yale Daily News. “Our admissions policies and practices reflect and support this goal.”

Conroy also told the publication that Yale’s procedures and policies related to admissions have and will continue to reflect the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the relevant laws.

[RELATED: Justice Department confirms Harvard affirmative action probe]

Likewise, Harvard University sent out an email to the student body reaffirming its decision not to change the current policy in light of Session’s announcement.

“Harvard will continue to vigorously defend its right, and that of all colleges and universities, to consider race as one factor among many in college admissions, which has been upheld by the Supreme Court for more than 40 years,” spokesperson Melodie L. Jackson wrote in the email, as reported by The Harvard Crimson.

Notably, Harvard is currently engaged in a legal battle to defend its affirmative action policies against accusations that they discriminate against Asian American applicants.

[RELATED: Harvard derides affirmative action lawsuit as 'ideological']

In a July 3 statement, University of Texas President Gregory L. Fenves took a similar position, referencing the 2

Read more: https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=11114

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