A recent Cambridge University review of Minna Stern's 2005 publication, EUGENIC NATION: FAULTS AND FRONTIERS IN MODERN AMERICA (University of California Press: Berkeley) found, "Using topics as varied as tropical medicine, sterilization practices, and race-based intelligence tests, Minna Stern demonstrates the extent to which eugenics shaped and continues to shape society in the US."
In addition, the reviewer of Sterns writing, a Professor William Johnson, concludes, "A detailed chronology of race betterment topics in the US, that normally receive little attention, makes this book a must read for individuals wanting to further their understanding of eugenics."
At a time when high-stakes testing has influenced education in America so negatively, i.e. as it has in recent decades, it is about time that Americans begin to share with their children the truths about the misuse of eugenic theories and practices in their own society. This is especially important since the eugenic ideas of neo-evolutionists, like Sir Francis Galton, Carl C. Brigham, Binet, and others first indirectly and then directly wrapped themselves (and their skewed world-views up) into tests in America.
America's continued fascination with rankings and questionable testing fallecies related to testing intelligence and potential intelligience--rather than measuring students by performance and production of (common sense and gaining of) better technical and social knowledge--is at issue. Meanwhile, eugenics continues to divide America and its races officially and unofficially. For example, in the over-placement of elite (read in some cases WASP) family offspring into tax-payer supported enrichment programs, while poorer children get only to take test-driven coursework.
With all of the genome research going on, it is extremely important for all Americans to think clearly about testing, childbearing, and rearing in America.http://publish.uwo.ca/~pryan2/My%20Pubs/Unnatur
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