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.

Latest posts

“Fewer than 18% of 11th-grade Black male students were proficient in math”

You would think Black Lives Matter would care about this, but God forbid they criticize public education. If a charter school produced stats like these, the leftists would be howling to shut it down. Note the goal for Black male students: to have only 1/3 score an A or B in Algebra I! Talk about the soft bigotry of low expectations. Math assessments, discussed during Des Moines School Board...

According to the FBI, I am a Militia Violent Extremist

The evidence is quite damning. And yes, the country is in the best of hands: Project Veritas released a newly leaked document today provided by an FBI whistleblower, which shows how the Bureau classifies American citizens it deems to be potential “Militia Violent Extremists” [MVEs]. In the document, the FBI cites symbols, images, phrases, events, and individuals that agents should look out for...

Western Kentucky Regents refuse to fire “racist” tenured professor

A really surprising outcome, given that the president of university wanted to fire her for “incompetency.” If you read the article very carefully, you’ll see that they took a couple of semesters of poor teaching evaluations and turned that into her suddenly being incompetent at her job. A couple of semesters of poor teaching evals for a professor who had been there for seventeen...

“[UNC Chapel Hill] has lost her way”

It’s about time; I can’t imagine NC State doing this: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Board of Trustees (BOT) unanimously passed two resolutions at its July 27 meeting. The Freedom of Speech resolution was introduced and read by BOT member Dr. Perrin Jones. “The Board of Trustees reaffirms its commitment to academic freedom as embodied in the Chicago principles and the...

Japan 2022: Takaoka

For some reason the luggage belt at Toyama airport has a very large plate of fake sushi

Daibutsu of Takaoka

Castle Park

Woke Joke Part 5: Lost the motion to dismiss

Unfortunately, the court granted the university’s motion to dismiss (ruling here). My wife was a little freaked out by how calm I was when I found out (this came in right before my trip to Japan, hence the late posting). I’ve found Stoic philosophy to be of great comfort while dealing with the university and my colleagues during the past few years. One aspect of Stoic philosophy is...

Japan 2022: Otaru

I decided to spend my last day before my flight to Toyama by visiting the port city of Otaru, which is about an hour outside Sapporo. First stop: breakfast at the Sankaku fish market. My breakfast resto Breakfast View of Otaru from Mt. Tengu Dried squid is amazingly tasty Japanese soft-serve ice cream is far better than in the U.S. I decided to try another Michelin-rated ramen place in Otaru. The...

Japan 2022: Sapporo

I had planned several days of hiking the alpine peaks of Daisetsuzan National Park, but that was out of the picture due to my knee. I decided to spend the time in Sapporo while waiting for my flight to Toyama. I’ve taken a lot of trains in Japan, but nothing like the six-hour local from Wakkanai to Sapporo: a single car, powered by diesel from the smell, that slowed several times while the...

Japan 2022: Rishiri-Fuji

I decided on Rishiri-Fuji because it’s one of the remotest mountains in Japan and is on the 100 most famous mountains list (hyaku-meizan). It’s an extinct volcano almost 6,000 feet high. Still snow on the mountain in June Taking a break in the emergency hut At the hut I ran into a Japanese guy that I had chatted with at the trailhead. He asked to hike with me, which was a little...

About me

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

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