Amy Chua Defends Noticing


Michael Smerconish, who scored the highest (i.e., least elite) of any journalist who took Charles Murray`s Coming Apart class quiz, interviews Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld. Chua says:

“Now we do state facts, and I think that`s what makes people uncomfortable. You know, we say things like, `Asian American SAT scores are 140 points above the average.` That`s a fact. Or Indian Americans have a national household income of almost double the national average. Mormons are hitting it out of the park

I`d characterize Mormons as more singles and doubles hitters than homer sluggers.

, and we say: `Look, they`re doing something different from mainstream America. Let`s look at them.` Let`s look inside – people don`t know what goes on – and learn from them, and, honestly, I think if we can`t just state a statistic without being accused of racism, then we are not going to be able to learn and make any improvement.”


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