Letter to the Editor: In response to op-ed Landman and Holloway April 20, 2017

Jonathan Katz | Professor of Physics

I provided references for my statements about the reliability of published, peer-reviewed studies in my submission to Student Life, but Student Life chose not to print them. Here they are:

1. Open Science Collaboration (2015) Science 349(6251) 943-952 doi:10.1126/science.aac4716

2. Ioannidis JPA (2005) PLoS Med 2(8): e124 doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.0020124

Old-time Southern segregationists claimed that segregation was better for both races because each would be taught by teachers of its own race. Some of them may even have believed this. I am surprised to find that Washington University students, likely describing themselves as “liberal” or “progressive,” are adopting the same argument, that it is better to be taught by teachers who look like the students. I think I learn the most from people with very different backgrounds and perspectives because they challenge my assumptions and beliefs.

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