This article in the @guardian correctly points out that polygenic risk scores for medical problems are based on genomic data compiled from predominantly European-descended populations 1/ theguardian.com/science/2018/o…
That means you cannot use these data to calculate polygenic risk scores for medical problems for people of non-European descent and that, in turn, means the beneficiaries of the preventative medical interventions based on these scores will be of European descent. 2/
The article quotes a letter Professor David Curtis, a geneticist and psychiatrist at UCL, wrote to the leaders of the Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust saying that “UK medical science stands at risk of being accused of being institutionally racist”. 3/
The inquisition that has been launched by Woke physicists against Professor Strumia for expressing some heretical ideas at @Cern about why women are under-represented in physics is truly shocking. You would think physicists, of all people, would be wary of inquisitions.
Professor Strumia has now been suspended by @CERN and is under investigation by the University of Pisa, where he holds a chair in physics, for “ethics violations”. I wouldn’t be surprised if he loses both positions.
In the BBC report, his headline sin is reported to be claiming that “physics was invented and built by men”. That’s not 100% accurate — some women, such as Marie Curie, have made critical contributions to the field — but is it “offensive”? bbc.co.uk/news/world-eur…
Hi Sam. The reasons are in the report which you can read here: cps.org.uk/files/reports/…
But in summary: 1/ Urgent need for more school leavers with technical qualifications to fill vacancies in skilled jobs (3.6 million *additional* vacancies predicted by 2022 according to @ukces)
2/ At present, main providers of 14-19 technical/vocational education (UTCs and studio schools) are failing. Of 112 that have opened since 2011, 35 have failed so far. The problem, according to @IPPR, is that they're locked in 'cycle of decline' ippr.org/files/2017-06/…
3/ Failure to recruit sufficient pupils in Y10 means they have no choice but to accept low-attaining, hard-to-teach children dumped in them by neighbouring secondaries. That, in turn, means they get bad Ofsted reports and poor exam results, which makes it even harder to recruit.
If you think someone’s skin colour invalidates why they’re saying, David, that’s racism. It may be ‘woke’ and it may endear you to the identitarian left. But it’s still racism. And, no, the fact that I’m white doesn’t mean I’m not entitled to call out racism when I see it.
In 1998 I went to see England play Tunisia in Marseille with my late father, Michael Young. It was England's first game of the Coupe du Monde. 1/
My father was 82, about to turn 83, not in the best of health, and my stepmother didn't think it was a good idea for him to go. But he was dead keen. He was a lifelong football fan and had been at Wembley in 1966 to see England's victory over West Germany. 2/
The night before the match, there were reports of England fans clashing with Tunisian fans and I was anxious about getting caught up in any crowd trouble. It wouldn't have taken much to knock my father over and that could easily have ended with a broken hip or worse. 3/
Amrou Al-Kadhi defends PRH’s new diversity policy by appealing to aesthetic relativism — no such thing as literary merit, therefore publishers should judge manuscripts according to whether they promote inclusion. independent.co.uk/voices/penguin…
His critique of literary merit will be familiar to anyone who has been exposed to the neo-Marxist, post-modernist ideology that’s all-pervasive in higher education across the Western world
Multiple problems with that critique. Evidence that “unconscious bias” exists and operates in the way he describes is threadbare at best. See this comprehensive debunking by David French in the National Review nationalreview.com/2017/01/implic…
In the press release and the exec summary, the report's authors claim that the main rationale for the free schools policy when it was first rolled out was to promote innovation and encourage parents to set up schools.
They then claim the policy has failed because not many free schools are innovative – 35% of primaries and 29% of secondaries, according to the report – and only about 20% of those opened since 2015 are parent-led.
There is no robust evidence that Oxford is biased against BME applicants, female applicants, applicants from the North East or applicants from state schools.
BME students make up 17.9% of all British Oxford undergraduates. That's pretty close to the percentage of BME people among 17-24-year-olds in England and Wales – 18.3%. If you include post-grads and international students, total number of BME students at Oxford climbs to 28%.
I don’t even claim that it would be possible to predict whether a person will have an above average or below average IQ with a higher than 50% chance of being correct based on an analysis of their DNA. 2/
But my article was written in 2015 and so much progress has been made since then in identifying genome-wide polygenic scores (GPSs) for intelligence, using huge datasets, that I now think it is possible to make the modest prediction referred to immediately above. 3/