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Having read all the comments, I see the gap between Alice and your positions. However, this gap may be not as large as one would think based on the tone of your comments.

If I understand correctly, both of you agree that students who demonstrate high ability should be encouraged to pursue careers in science regardless of their race, gender etc. Both of you agree that there may differences in average ability between different groups. Where you differ is in the question of how outspoken an educator can or should be about those differences.

Personally, I do not see the latter question as a pure black and white issue. On the one hand, free speech has a tremendous value to the society. Letting the government to decide what is acceptable for a professor to say in public is extremely dangerous. On the other hand, I see how teachers who are outspoken about their negative views towards a certain group can be less than optimal for their job. Imagine a teacher who likes to talk at every opportunity about how taller people are smarter than the short ones (statistically there is indeed a correlation between height and IQ). If you happened to have a short kid, would you want this person to be the child’s teacher?

I think there is no perfect solution to this. School privatization might help, though, by letting parents, rather than government, to choose what views are acceptable for their children’s teachers.






I think you're steelmanning Alice's position. She wasn't just talking about what it is acceptable for teachers to say but what it is acceptable for teachers to believe.


On the other hand, I see how teachers who are outspoken about their negative views towards a certain group can be less than optimal for their job.


Depends on the context. Is the teacher talking about this to her class everyday, or defending herself against charges of racism for why she failed a higher proportion of blacks?
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