denis bider

The Chicago Sun-Times article was apparently published by someone so clueless as not to know that Slovenia is by far not a third-world country.

If math scores in Chicago schools compare roughly with Slovenian math scores, then this means that they're okay, comparatively.

The article laments that U.S. math scores lag behind Singapore, Japan, and Taiwan, but those countries accidentally happen to be Asian, and Asians accidentally happen to have IQs about 1/3 of a standard deviation higher than caucasians, on average. No wonder their math scores will be higher. Always.


The "cutting edge" basketball analysis described in the link is not quite so precise as the article assumes it to be. The methodology has a mickle of flaws, mostly in the fact that it takes chunky, discrete statistics to describe and quantify a fluid game. Any methodology based on the typical statistics found in a basketball box score (points, rebounds, assists)will exhibit this harmatia. The end result amounts to so much tea leaf-reading, used to prop up whichever players statistics are favored by the system,which claims to measure "winning productivity".


To the first comment, Slovenia is close enough to a third-world country. Also, the iq test has number sequences, one easy and one hard, usually, which play upon math knowledge and math aptitude.

I think the stat that would prove Asians are smarter in your estimation would be to test youngsters, about 8 years old. And you are forgetting that all the DEVELOPED countries are higher than us. The article named only the countries we rank with. That's not something to be pleased or comforted about, or even accepting of, as you are.

And to Pinky, these stats are one guy's explanation of why Boston and Kevin Garnett now seem so good. One man's! And to qualify his stats, Boston won a championship. I could say right now that God 67% supported them to win, and they did, and that would be my statistical back-up. It is quite obvious that these stats are all a matter of judging a fluid game. As I fluidly judged religion.