“Race and IQ” science project in California: nine things to know

Feb 14, 2018 by

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A student in a prestigious college preparatory program at a Sacramento city high school last week made international headlines after the news of his science fair project on “Race and IQ” went viral.

Wondering why there was a lack of diversity within his academically challenging magnet academy, the sophomore presented the hypothesis that it was because blacks, Southeast Asians and Hispanics aren’t as smart as teenagers of other races. The program currently has 509 students enrolled: 247 identified as white, 104 Asians, 89 Hispanics, 12 African Americans, and 57 students of mixed or other ethnic background.

To test his theory, the student – who is described by peers as of Northeast Asian descent – had a handful of teens take an online IQ test. The student reported that he found “non-Hispanic whites and Northeast Asians have an IQ advantage of fifteen points over blacks and Southwest Asians, and 10 points over nonwhite Hispanics.”

That, he argued, made “the racial disproportionality of (the program) justified.”

The project remained on display for two days, despite protests from students. A flood of complaints from parents and students after The Bee wrote about the incident Saturday led the superintendent of schools to announce a districtwide review of diversity in the program and others like it throughout the city.

The Bee story also prompted many questions from readers. Here are some answers from our reporting.

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