It's easy to misunderstand gaps and mistake good fortune for a crisis

  • Article by: James P. Scanlan
  • Updated: February 7, 2014 - 7:27 PM

Look carefully at the seemingly contradictory statistics on health inequalities.

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davehougFeb. 6, 14 9:16 PM

But a large racial difference in infant mortality should hardly be surprising in a state with the sixth-lowest white and seventh-lowest black infant mortality rates = = = BUT BUT BUT, that doesn't sell papers or guide more money to the problem :)

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norselandcFeb. 7, 14 6:28 AM

Wow. What an insightful op-ed. I hope everyone can understand it. So even though graduation rates are higher than ever for EVERY racial group in the US and MN, we don't care about the measures of success. Social critics usually cite the measures of failure in our schools. This begs the question, in whose interest is it to expound upon failure?

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elind56Feb. 7, 14 7:45 AM

Interesting insight into how social engineers abuse statistics to manipulate the public, press agendas, and get their hands on piles of public money.

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brucelieFeb. 7, 14 8:01 AM

There's no stopping bureaucrats and politicians looking for a crisis to justify their existence.

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otvallsFeb. 7, 1412:46 PM

Excellent, well written article, explaining the situation clearly and showing that our bureaucrats (and journalists) simply do not understand what numbers mean and how to use them. Most of the people do not either. For that, the schools have a heavy responsibility.

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SlickrocksFeb. 7, 1412:58 PM

Excellent article. Great math. Too bad most people's eyes will glaze over. Unfortunately it won't stop the politicians -- they have no shame.

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eman2001Feb. 7, 14 4:58 PM

Never trust the statistics presented by an interest group. Most likely they are using them get money or influence. Too bad the media aren't better at statistics. Or at least they could ask someone who does understand statistical analysis.

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ishikawaFeb. 8, 14 7:13 AM

"Excellent article. Great math. Too bad most people's eyes will glaze over. Unfortunately it won't stop the politicians -- they have no shame.">>>>>Have you seen the statistics on who elects politicians?

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fairplay2277Feb. 8, 14 8:45 AM

Very eye opening editorial - but then again, equal opportunity does not mean equal outcome. It is interesting that no one would have known that Minnesota has the 6th lowest white and 7th lowest black infant mortality in the nation. All you hear about is how much higher the black infant mortality rate is than the white and the huge gap in high school graduation rates between whites and blacks even though Minnesota probably rates very high in both black and white graduation. I guess the better a state or country is, in any measure, the bigger the disparity rate there is between white and black. The "gaps" are great fodder for the politicians to wring more tax money out of the tax payers but more than likely they are not reading the numbers correctly.

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tuttifruttiFeb. 8, 14 9:32 AM

Health inequalities? Am I to blame for your poor choices in diet, lack of exercise, drug and alcohol use? Will more of my money going to the government fix your problem? No. No it won't. We are sick and tired of the nanny state and the lie that they can take better of us better than we can take care of ourselves. These authors are statists and love big government.

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