Stephen Porter

Stephen Porter is a Professor in the College of Education at North Carolina State University, where he teaches graduate courses in statistics, causal inference, and workflow of data analysis. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Rochester, with a concentration in econometrics.

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A new approach to anti-racism

Unfortunately, it doesn’t focus on stripping people of their individuality, exerting control over their lives, and then destroying them if they step out of line, so I doubt it will get much traction. So it's perhaps unsurprising that her approach to anti-racism is different from that of best-selling leftist consultants such as Ibram X. Kendi and Robin DiAngelo. Instead of pushing people to...

The Democrats’ privileged college-kid problem

Wait, there is a downside to being too woke? And have I mentioned how much I am looking forward to the 2022 elections? To anyone who’s spent time in Democratic politics in the past decade, a certain type of young person will immediately be familiar: bright-eyed, old enough to drive a car but not old enough to rent one without insurance fees, maybe taking a gap year before starting college or else...

Student passes 3 classes in four years, ranks near top half of class with 0.13 GPA!

Nope, public education isn’t broken at all. If this were a charter school, the Left would be screaming bloody murder about how the state should shut it down. But it’s a regular public school, so there is nothing to see here, just move along. A shocking discovery out of a Baltimore City high school, where Project Baltimore has found hundreds of students are failing. It’s a school where...

Colleges spend millions on free speech and Title IX lawsuits

As they reel from revenue losses connected to the pandemic, many colleges and universities are racking up other costs not likely to turn up in their glossy brochures or as line items on staggering tuition bills: untold millions of dollars in legal fees and settlements for allegedly violating the rights of students, professors, and applicants on free speech, admissions and other matters as the...

At least 1 in 10 U.S. adults carries a concealed handgun!

I’m generalizing a bit from this paper, which reports that 8% of U.S adults now have a concealed carry permit. The true number carrying concealed is much higher, as this astonishing graphic shows: Constitutional carry means a state resident can carry a concealed handgun by right, without applying for a permit; in right to carry states you need a permit that the authorities must issue unless...

Why we should be skeptical when someone says they feel “unsafe”

A colleague alerted me to an interesting statement by a U Chicago faculty member targeted by the woke mob because he objected to how DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) was being implemented on campus. Here is his perspective on those claims about safety: One friend noted that there were a number of tweets using the logic: “I don’t feel safe when you object to my premises, therefore you cannot...

Defensive gun uses are very common, but data issues keep them hidden

Basically, the media rarely reports on them, the main federal survey screens out too many by only asking for people who were victims of a crime, and the data archive used by reporters only includes events reported in the media: Americans who look only at the daily headlines would be surprised to learn that, according to academic estimates, defensive gun uses — including instances when guns are...

Glenn Loury on the state of American universities

BW: You’ve been on campus for several decades now and you're now at Brown, which has a reputation of being, for lack of a better word, one of the most “woke” campuses in the country. What changes have you seen on campus since the time that you began teaching at Harvard to what you're seeing at Brown today? GL: My, that’s a very large question, which I'm loath to answer off the cuff. I think...

French diversity minister: “woke culture is something very dangerous”!

When you’ve lost the French … Some prominent French figures, including President Emmanuel Macron, are rejecting "woke" ideology that has been imported from the United States amid a breakdown in relations between the two nations.  A cover story by Le Spectacle Du Monde, one of France's leading magazines, recently ran a piece titled "The Suicide of America" in which it blames the deadly...

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Professor and quant guy. Libertarian turned populist Republican. Trying to learn Japanese and play Spanish Baroque music on the ukulele.

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