Are bible belt whites inherently stupider?

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    The Rightwing Position (their logic as articulated on other threads): Standardized testing ACT scores consistently show lower test scores in bible belt and southern states. Even bible belt states with mostly WHITE populations (Kentucky, Oklahoma, West Virginia) score below national averages.

    Rightwing Conclusion: Bible belt WHITES are inherently stupider than whites in most northern and coastal liberal states. Standardized testing PROVES it.

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    My Position: Standardized tests do NOT measure inherent intelligence; they reflect the environment students grow up in, the educational system they have access to, the participation rates, and biases in test methods and procedures.

    My conclusion: Bible belt whites are NOT inherently stupider. Its not genetic inbreeding, their southern heritage, or anything in the water down there that makes their test scores suck.



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    ACT National and State Scores for 2008: Average ACT Scores by State
     
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    No, they are just the product of their poor schools.
     
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    I agree with you. Though this supposed right wing position surprises me. I'd always thought the right were more heavily into religion. Now it turns out that the right views the "bible belt" as stupid. Something's amiss.
     
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    Or the product of their poor environments.
     
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    No, I'm a bible belt white and I'm okay. There's a problem with the study - the ACT sucks. I took that and the SAT Reasoning test and scored significantly lower on the ACT.
     
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    I agree....southern bible belt whites are a product of their schools (which suck) and also other factors which I noted.

    The are NOT inherently stupider due to southern genetic inbreeding or their southern heritage.

    But the rightwing thinks standardized testing PROVES inherent inferiority in intelligence. I strongly disagree.
     
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    Oh, nvm, I just noticed that you're parodying the right wing. :razz:
     
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    Excellent example of how to come to an incorrect conclusion based on a correlation.
     
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    many are the product of home schooling where they simply study the bible
     
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