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1. According to the College Board’s internals, only 43% of high school graduates’ SAT scores indicate college-readiness. From a Chronicle blurb:
Members of the high-school Class of 2012 who took the SAT represented the largest and most diverse pool in the test’s history, according to the report. Of the more than 1.66 million test takers from the Class of 2012, 45 percent identified themselves as minority students, up from 38 percent in 2008. Thirty-six percent of test takers said their parents’ highest level of education was a high-school diploma or less.
While participation has increased 6 percent since 2008, SAT scores have decreased slightly. Mean scores for critical reading are down four points, writing scores are down five points, and mathematics scores have remained stable, compared with four years ago. The overall mean for the Class of 2012 was 1498, substantially below the 1550 benchmark.
2. “How Self-Expression Damaged My Students“. Now they listen.
3. The death of mom-and-pop pharmacies has been good for female pharmacists. The key here is that women are more likely to fare well vis a vis men in occupations that are relatively easy. Feminists can take solace in that…if they want. More on the “pharmacist track” here, with a nod to John Derbyshire.
4. More from the Atlantic. Apologies. This news should make David Futrelle happy. Castration increases life expectancy in men.
5. The new face of country music? While not nearly as radical as rock, country music has long maintained a sense of nostalgia but also a cynicism towards traditionalism. I don’t really like country music all that much, but I respect that the genre actually quibbles with this tension that society writ large has been trying aggressively to figure out for the past 40 years. Rap/hip-hop has its own “answers”, and rock is married to modernism.