July 8, 2002
With more than 10,000 mutual funds to choose from, many investors cringe at the task of making selections. With today's special quarterly fund report, The Times and independent research firm Morningstar Inc. provide several ways to evaluate funds--including measurements designed to help investors determine a fund's performance relative to its peers using Morningstar's revamped "star" system.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 2001
Re "Reform Bills Could Set Schools Up for Failure," July 18: Even given The Times' ongoing vendetta against public school teachers, I find it hard to understand why your reporting on "Texas-style education reform" is so consistently passive and shallow. If your reporter were to check the facts behind the hype, he'd discover that Texas' success has in great part been thanks to a statistical shell game, where underachieving and problem students are expelled or transferred in large numbers and shifted to what amounts to another set of books.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 1995
Re "Statistics Can Throw Us a Curve," Jan. 4: Your science writer, K.C. Cole, has joined many others in criticizing "The Bell Curve," and like others Cole's critique seems pointless. Quoting mathematicians, for example, Cole writes, "Correlation, they say, does not necessarily mean causation." The authors of the book agree, and further point out (Page 298), "That a trait is genetically transmitted in individuals does not mean that group differences in that trait are also genetic in origin."
January 4, 1995 |
There is a direct correlation, mathematicians have found, between children's achievement on math tests and shoe size. A clear signal that big feet make you smarter? And what about the striking link, documented in the early part of this century, between increasing pollution and rising birth rates in the Los Angeles Basin? Does breathing bad air make people fertile? And what, for that matter, should be made of studies that connect skin color with IQ scores?
December 14, 1994 |
"The Bell Curve," a book that claims intelligence is a genetically linked characteristic of race, is scientifically flawed, a panel of scholars and testing experts said this week. In a symposium at Howard University in Washington, D.C., scholars said the book fails to present a scientifically balanced view and then uses faulty conclusions to justify suggested changes in the way society deals with the poor.