A new study that examines millions of online reviews of college professors finds that either there are fewer brilliant women and black professors, or college kids are dumb. Will we ever know which is the case?
The new study, published in PLOS ONE, found that students were two to three times more likely to use the words “brilliant” or “genius” to describe male professors as they were to describe female professors. Further, the study found that the professors most likely to be called one of those terms were in disciplines — such as physics and philosophy — with relatively few female or black professors.
Either young people who are products of American society have internalized our nation’s deep tradition of racial and gender bias... or women and black people just aren’t brilliant.
We report and you decide because that is how the media works as you know.