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The question is whether your views translate into how you treat your students. Anti-theist/anti-creationist views usually don't, because these are views about ideas, not about people. Views about abilities of different races/genders often do. Being outspoken about these views often also has direct effect on your students, for whom you are the natural figure of authority and a role model.

What if the gym teacher in your midget child's high school says he doesn't believe midgets can be good at basketball?


This is completely different because we know it is practically impossible for a midget person to compete with tall people in basketball. Like in some sports women can't compete with men - this is just the laws of nature. This does not mean though that a highly athletic midget/woman should be discouraged from pursuing this sport. It is completely different in sciences. We know for a fact that there are highly successful female physicist, who managed to succeed despite having to struggle with a much more hostile environment than their male colleagues (e.g. Marie Curie). This is not impossible to achieve and girls should not be discouraged from trying - they should be encouraged, in the same way as boys.







The question is whether your views translate into how you treat your students. Anti-theist/anti-creationist views usually don't, because these are views about ideas, not about people.


But anti-Muslim views are about people? Furthermore, there have also been serious cases of anti-theist views affecting how teachers treat religious students. I'm not even going to get into what happens when professors and students have differing political views.


This is completely different because we know it is practically impossible for a midget person to compete with tall people in basketball. Like in some sports women can't compete with men - this is just the laws of nature.


What do you mean by "practically"? Why doesn't the fact that women have a hard time competing with men in physics also count as a law of nature? To attempt to steelman you're position are you trying to argue that there is some probability, X, such that if a member of the group has more then X probability of success (at what level?) then we should pretend she's as likely to succeed as a non-member. What is the value of X and why?


We know for a fact that there are highly successful female physicist, who managed to succeed despite having to struggle with a much more hostile environment than their male colleagues (e.g. Marie Curie).


Marie Curie is a dancing bear. A male scientist who did what she did would not be anywhere near as famous. She is famous for being on the three person team that discovered Radium; challenge: without looking it up name the two men on that team.


This is not impossible to achieve and girls should not be discouraged from trying - they should be encouraged, in the same way as boys.


By that logic should we encourage students to play the lottery because it it "not impossible" for them to win?
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