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Signal boost. If you know this ISN’T the written law in your area, reblog with a citation. 

Signal boost. If you know this ISN’T the written law in your area, reblog with a citation. 

(Source: durzoblint13)

[F]or the first several years the SAT was offered, males scored higher than females on the Math section but females achieved higher scores on the Verbal section. ETS policy-makers determined that the Verbal test needed to be “balanced” more in favor of males, and added questions pertaining to politics, business and sports to the Verbal portion. Since that time, males have outscored females on both the Math and Verbal sections. Dwyer notes that no similar effort has been made to “balance” the Math section, and concludes that, “It could be done, but it has not been, and I believe that probably an unconscious form of sexism underlies this pattern. When females show the superior performance, ‘balancing’ is required; when males show the superior performance, no adjustments are necessary.”

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“Gender Bias in College Admissions Tests”, FairTest.org

And then people urge me everything is fine, of course it is, when you’re ignoring statistics that is.

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Fun fact: SAT tests predict college performance pretty well for men, but they strongly underpredict college performance for women. http://spp.sagepub.com/content/early/2012/12/20/1948550612469038.abstract

HMMMM

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I think I’ve reblogged this before, but that study needs to be shared.

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Another reason we need feminism. Underpredicting performance for women is a red flag there’s something up with the test. 

Anyone know if there have been similar studies for people of color. Based on what I’ve read about cultural bias, I suspect the SAT underpredicts them too. 

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#writing - What If Your Story Isn’t Set on Earth? | Writer's Guide to Government Information

Linked check this section of the Writer’s Guide, which includes information on precautions against alien contamination and the layout of the International Space Station. 

#Language and #Culture | Writer's Guide to Government Information

Link checked my entries in Language and Culture, which include phone conversations in foreign languages and dance moves from the 1600s. 

Alaskans! Go Vote!

Today is primary election day in Alaska. Important decisions are at stake. Go out and vote!

That is all.

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libraryjournal:

smithsonianlibraries:

A diagram of the movement of the Moon around the Earth (seen here) and a recipe for invisible ink await you in Mary Smith’s Commonplace Book. Help us make Mary’s journal of scientific inquiry more accessible by becoming a digital volunteer at the Smithsonian Transcription Center.
 

The Smithsonian taps into the power of crowdsourcing. 

Another opportunity to contribute to the world’s knowledge.

libraryjournal:

smithsonianlibraries:

A diagram of the movement of the Moon around the Earth (seen here) and a recipe for invisible ink await you in Mary Smith’s Commonplace Book. Help us make Mary’s journal of scientific inquiry more accessible by becoming a digital volunteer at the Smithsonian Transcription Center.

 

The Smithsonian taps into the power of crowdsourcing.

Another opportunity to contribute to the world’s knowledge.

mememaster:

are you kidding me

I’ve definitely run into this literal minded marking down. It will be awhile before computers are as flexible as people. Hopefully people won’t become this rigid. 

mememaster:

are you kidding me

I’ve definitely run into this literal minded marking down. It will be awhile before computers are as flexible as people. Hopefully people won’t become this rigid. 

General #History | Writer's Guide to Government Information

Linked all three pages of general history resources. 

Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information (Library of Congress) photographs

If you’re looking for photos of the United States in the Great Depression and World War II, check out these resources. Could be good for setting the atmosphere for stories written in this period. 

Nations of the World | Writer's Guide to Government Information

Link checked on 8/17/2014. No broken links! Yay!