The Right Coast

June 05, 2005
Harvard diversity fandango
By Tom Smith

This on Harvard's plan to spend $50 million as penance for Harvard President Summer's indiscrete comments on where more women aren't at the top of hard sciences.

Just imagine what $50 million could do for people who really needed it. You could spend $50 million on scholarships to get kids out of rotten public schools. Or $50 million to get kids off the streets in Lima or Mexico City. Or $50 million in plain old scholarships to deserving youths. What a long list that would be.

The thing to worry about is how much harm the whole diversity in science movement might do to science. Look at every other field it has touched.