, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 7-10
Date: 04 Feb 2009

Underrepresentation in the Real World

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As a contribution to wider understanding of “diversity,” Mathieu Bouville, in a pair of articles published in Science and Engineering Ethics [1, 2], offers critiques and prescriptions that are problematic. These articles address issues that merit examination from the perspective of real world experience in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and careers [3].

A Typology of Concepts May Organize Thinking, But…

In “Is Diversity Good? Six Possible Conceptions of Diversity and Six Possible Answers” [1], Bouville attempts to distinguish the use of “diversity” as a “political weapon” rather than a “rational concept.” Yet, concepts are neither rational nor irrational, and are used as political weapons all the time. If the world does not conform to one’s world view, that does not make the world’s values wrong-headed and grounds for dismissal. This is not Bouville’s modus operandi.

Bouville’s approach is to parse language to a high art. His presentations of diversity ...

D. E. Chubin is a former academic and federal policy analyst who now assists universities in advancing programs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education and careers.