Happy Martin Luther King Day, people. Matt Welch
has a good essay on how people of a libertarian bent can
find wisdom in the Rev's words. Conclusion:
In 2013, we have no shortage of morally suspect laws to oppose, starting with a drug war that has debased our constitutional rights and created a grotesque prison-industrial complex that warehouses millions of disporportionately [sic] minority prisoners. As King argued, radically and inspirationally, "one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws." Thanks to his example, and the elusive, cross-partisan appeal of his words, we have a blueprint for doing just that.
Not that I'm going to start using illicit substances or anything, but those are wise words.
In case you missed it: Pun Salad's annual commentary
on the celebration
of MLK day by the University Near Here.
At AEI, Mark
Perry is bemused by a report entitled
"Gender Equity in Education"
issued by the Office of Civil Rights
at the Department of Education. On most measures, females are doing much
better than males in navigating the US educational industry. For
example, 57% of students in post-secondary education are women; girls
are less likely to be held back a year than boys; and they enjoy large
majorities in enrollment in "Education and Training" and "Health Care."
But females are not overrepresented in some fields, notably science, math, and IT.
The report does not conclude that these disparities are a result of students' preferences and talents. And it's not even-handed: it points with alarm to the 23.9% female participation rate in postsecondary IT programs as a travesty. But an 18.4% male participation rate in Health Science? Who cares? Not Your Federal Government.
Perry innocently asks:Only when women (men) are overrepresented (underrepresented) on every educational metric, including STEM, will we have reached the goal of "full gender equity." The fact that men are undrepresented on almost all positive educational outcomes and overrepresented on negative outcomes (like being held back a grade for academic defiiency) is apparenly completely consistent with the Office of Civil RIght's goal of "full gender equity," which apparently inequitably only applies to one gender?My cynical take: people employed in the Grievance Industry will always find it worthwhile to find reasons to Grieve.