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The Situation of Standardized Test Scores

Posted on April 4, 2008

A press release from Science Daily describes a study indicating (perhaps unsurprisingly) that family wealth may play a significant role in explaining standardized test scores of children. * * * A new study published in the March/April 2008 issue of the journal Child Development finds that family wealth might partly explain differences in test scores […]

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The Situation of Privilege

Posted on September 24, 2012

From NortonSOC: Shamus Khan (Columbia University) discusses his C. Wright Mills award-winning book, Privilege: The Making of an Adolescent Elite at St. Paul’s School, and how elite schools “convert birthright into credentials” for privileged students. Here is a summary of the book: As one of the most prestigious high schools in the nation, St. Paul’s […]

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The Power of Stereotypes and Need for “Affirmative Meritocracy”

Posted on June 3, 2012

From Stanford University News: When it comes to affirmative action, the argument usually focuses on diversity. Promoting diversity, the Supreme Court ruled in 2003, can justify taking race into account. But some people say this leads to the admission of less qualified candidates over better ones and creates a devil’s choice between diversity and merit. […]

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Poverty and Delinquency

Posted on October 15, 2011

Tamar Birckhead recently posted her article, “Delinquent by Reason of Poverty” (forthcoming Journal of Law and Policy, Vol. 38, 2012) on SSRN.  Here’s the abstract. * * * This Article, written for the 12th Annual Access to Equal Justice Colloquium, explores the disproportionate representation of low-income children in the United States juvenile justice system. It […]

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David Brooks, the Situationist

Posted on July 9, 2011

From New York Times: Over the past 50 years, we’ve seen a number of gigantic policies produce disappointing results — policies to reduce poverty, homelessness, dropout rates, single-parenting and drug addiction. Many of these policies failed because they were based on an overly simplistic view of human nature. They assumed that people responded in straightforward […]

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Kennedy and Pronin on the Spiral of Conflict

Posted on March 16, 2011

A group of  Harvard Law students are blogging over at the Law & Mind Blog.  Here is one of their posts about a chapter by Situationist Contributor Emily Pronin and Kathleen Kennedy (forthcoming in from Situationist Contributor Jon Hanson’s  book, “Ideology, Psychology, and Law”).  The post is authored by HLS student Michael Lieberman. * * […]

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The Gendered Situation of Recommendation Letters

Posted on January 3, 2011

From Rice University: A recommendation letter could be the chute in a woman’s career ladder, according to ongoing research at Rice University. The comprehensive study shows that qualities mentioned in recommendation letters for women differ sharply from those for men, and those differences may be costing women jobs and promotions in academia and medicine. Funded […]

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A Discussion about (In)Equality

Posted on July 2, 2010

The following (51 minute) video contains a worthwhile discussion from Agenda about how much inequality is too much. * * * Participants Include: Richard Wilkinson is co-author of The Spirit Level and Professor Emeritus at the University of Nottingham Medical School and honorary professor at University College London. He has played a formative role in […]

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The Situational Effects of (In)Equality

Posted on June 29, 2010

Here is an intriguing (40-minute) interview with Richard Wilkinson co-author of the book The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger and co-founder of The Equality Trust. * * * * * * For a sample of related Stiuationist posts, see “The Situational Consequences of Poverty on Brains,” For a sample of related Situationist posts, […]

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Money and the Situation of Happiness

Posted on June 23, 2010

The exceptional mind science writer and blogger Wray Herbert has a post on Huffington Post summarizing recent research studying the effects of money on happiness.  Here is an excerpt. * * * Psychologist Jordi Quoidbach of the University of Liege, Belgium, and his colleagues wondered if wealth, because it promises abundant pleasure, might actually weaken […]

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The Situational Consequences of Poverty on Brains

Posted on June 9, 2010

Anne McIlroy wrote a piece for the Toronto Globe and Mail describing research by Dr. James Swain, who is using brain imaging techniques to study the effects of poverty on the brain.  Here are some excerpts. * * * Over the past four decades, researchers have established how poverty shapes lives, that low socioeconomic status […]

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Situationism in the Blogosphere – May, Part I

Posted on June 8, 2010

Below, we’ve posted titles and a brief quotation from some of our favorite non-Situationist situationist blogging during May 2010 (they are listed in alphabetical order by source). * * * From Big Think: “To Improve Girls’ Science Scores, Show Them Women Scientists” “Standardized tests are supposed to measure innate abilities. The subject of your last […]

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Examining the Gendered Situation of Harvard Business School

Posted on May 5, 2010

Julia Brau, Paayal Desai, Alexandra Germain, Akmaral Omarova, Jung Paik,  and Julie Sandler are all students at Harvard Business School (HBS) who last week published a thoughtful article in their student newspaper The Harbus.  With potential lessons and relevance for many institutions, the piece discusses recent efforts  to understand and address sources of gender discrepancies […]

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Not Just Whistling Vivaldi

Posted on May 1, 2010

One of the great social psychologists of our time, Claude Steele, was recently on NPR discussing his new book Whistling Vivaldi and Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us. The book is a moving personal account and a compelling scientific discussion of how stereotypes shape the thoughts, feelings, and actions of those whom they target. […]

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Posted in Book, Classic Experiments, Implicit Associations, Situationist Contributors, Social Psychology | 5 Comments »

Consuming Merit, Gatekeeping, and Reproducing Wealth

Posted on August 10, 2009

The op-ed excerpted below, “America’s Best Colleges: Merit by the Numbers,” by Harvard Law School Professor Lani Guinier and Columbia Law Professor Susan Sturm, appeared in the August 5, 2009, edition of Forbes. It eloquently examines the role played and not played by universities in educating young people to promote the system-justifying illusion of merit. […]

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Firefighters and the Situation of “Merit”

Posted on July 16, 2009

The following excerpted op-ed, “Trial by Firefighters,” co-written by Harvard Law Professor Lani Guinier and Columbia Law Professor Susan Sturm, was published in the July 11, 2009, edition of The New York Times. They are also the co-authors of “Who’s Qualified: A New Democracy Forum on the Future of Affirmative Action” (Beacon Press, 2001). * […]

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Situationally Idle: Is Summer Vacation too Long for Kids?

Posted on June 16, 2009

A pediatrician blogging on Daily Kos challenges the merits of 12-week-long summer vacation for kids.  We excerpt his piece below. * * * For some kids, summer vacation will mean a dizzying array of chores and sports, camps and sitters. For others, vacation means sitting camped out in front of a television ten hours a […]

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The Situational Effects of a Black President

Posted on June 8, 2009

Last week for Diverse Online, Angela Dodson, wrote an excellent review of conflicting studies regarding the so-called “Obama Effect” — the increase in standardized test scores of Blacks owing to the election of Barack Obama.  Here are some excerpts. * * * Could merely knowing that a Black man has been elected president of the […]

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The Interior Situation of Intergenerational Poverty

Posted on April 5, 2009

From The Economist, here are some excerpts of a summary of research exploring the interior situation of how poverty is passed from one generation to the next. * * * That the children of the poor underachieve in later life, and thus remain poor themselves, is one of the enduring problems of society. . . […]

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Stereotype Lift – The Obama Effect

Posted on January 24, 2009

From Sam Dillon’s article, titled “Study Sees an Obama Effect as Lifting Black Test-Takers,” in yesterday’s New York Times. * * * . . . [R]esearchers have documented what they call an Obama effect, showing that a performance gap between African-Americans and whites on a 20-question test administered before Mr. Obama’s nomination all but disappeared […]

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