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February 17, 2005

Sometimes the truth is unpleasant

From the London Times:

THE president of Harvard University is under attack from his academic colleagues that could force him from his job after he suggested that women may be not as good as men at mathematics and science.

Lawrence Summers, who was Treasury Secretary to President Clinton, was buffeted by complaints about his leadership at an angry faculty meeting on Tuesday and could face a confidence vote next week.

Many professors at the Ivy League school were outraged by Dr Summers’s suggestion, at an academic seminar last month, that “innate differences” may be the reason why fewer women than men teach mathematics and science there.

He should have been smart and said something his colleagues wouldn't have minded -- like saying the 9/11 victims got what they deserved.

Posted by Jack Lewis at February 17, 2005 10:28 AM

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