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.

You can find the latest on my lawsuit against NC State here, with some background here.

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Only 6%-16% of the U.S. is woke

Based on Pew’s most recent political typology:

The truly woke (Progressive Left) are only 6%, but looking at how Pew defines their groups, I would consider the Outside Left (10%) to be pretty woke as well.

If you’re interested in where you fall amongst these groups, you can take their quiz here. I came up as Populist Right.

Yglesias on how Democrats are screwing up on ed policy

You can smell the panic in the air; even a renowned lefty like Matt Yglesias is admitting that the Democrats’ stance on education is a losing one. It’s a good read; summary posted below. Have I mentioned how much I am looking forward to the 2022 election? It’s shaping up to be a bloodbath. This is an enormous issue that warrants (at least) a two-part post. Today’s is about three...

Greece 2021: Hydra

The ferry side of Piraeus is unpleasant, but nearby Pasalimani harbor is a lovely place to wait for the ferry No posted signs, but I believe this is part of the walls of Piraeus There are no cars in Hydra, so you can use donkeys to get your luggage to your hotel. View of Hydra from the mountainside Entrance to the Monastery of Prophet Elias Church interior at the monastery There are many stray...

Trigger warnings don’t work and may actually make things worse

From the New Yorker, of all places: Because trigger warnings involve assumptions about emotional reactions, particularly with respect to P.T.S.D., psychology researchers have begun to study whether trigger warnings are in fact beneficial. The results of around a dozen psychological studies, published between 2018 and 2021, are remarkably consistent, and they differ from conventional wisdom: they...

Opportunity Scholarship voucher program is popular among NC voters

I’m interested in the OS, having coauthored an evaluation of the program. Support for the program is very strong, as is expansion of the program, even to families making less than $100,000 a year (data are from a February 2021 survey):

Source: Carolina Partnership for Reform

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Left-wing professors are also targeted when they speak out

A college did not renew a professor’s contract because she criticized Vice President Pence as well as her college’s pandemic response. FIRE has filed on her behalf. During last October’s vice presidential debate, Burnett tweeted: “The moderator needs to talk over Mike Pence until he shuts his little demon mouth up.” The tweet was picked up by conservative media outlets highlighting...

Universities cannot compel professors to use preferred pronouns

I missed this case from last March. It explains why NCSU allows students to enter their preferred pronouns into the student information system, but says nothing about faculty using them. Shawnee State University instituted a policy requiring that students be referred to by their preferred pronouns, and a faculty member refused to comply. He filed a federal lawsuit, and the Sixth Circuit’s...

Western Carolina U now has official fairy pronouns

You really can’t make this stuff up. As Campus Reform reports, Western Carolina University (WCU) recently added more than 10 pronouns to its Canvas student portal, a curriculum management platform. The 12 new pronoun combinations include (E/Eir), (Fae/Faer), (Per/Pers), (Ve/Ver), (Xe/Xem), and (Ze/Zir), but some university employees admitted that they were unaware some configurations...

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...

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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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