4 thoughts on “Assimilation or Diversity

  • December 31, 2017 at 9:30 am
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    It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.- Conventional wisdom on the efficacy of accepting falsehoods

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  • December 31, 2017 at 9:39 am
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    That’s for damn sure. I used to be sure that the Bushes were on my side.

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  • January 3, 2018 at 3:46 pm
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    I too thought that the Bushes were on our side, or at least conservative, fine – Republicans then?
    No? OK. Lesson learned. Knowing what I know now, I’d still vote for W over Gore or Kerry, but I’d know to watch him more carefully.
    As to “Diversity is our strength” I once had a student hit me with that one. He said “The most important thing is diversity”. I replied that excellence was the most important thing. He disagreed, so I challenged him to a thought experiment:
    Your mother has brain cancer. The tumor is operable but the operation will be tricky. You have a choice in surgical teams. Team one is made up of the best practitioners in their fields. They happen to all be white men.
    Team two is a group chosen for diversity. It contains people from varied ethnic, economic groups, sexuality and genders.
    Which one do you want operating on your mother?
    The student walked away without answering.

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  • January 3, 2018 at 6:19 pm
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    Well, it was an excellent example, maybe it even made him think!
    Yeah, W is better than Gore or Kerry but he fooled me into thinking we could win with him. Sorry JEB!, time to try a new option. Happy New Year Dave.

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