Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Equal Opportunity or Equal Outcome

You can't have both. If you have equal opportunity, then some groups will do much better than others for the simple reason that different groups have different values, different methods.

If you have equal outcomes, then the opportunities for all people must have been unbalanced for the same reason: different people, different groups, they have different values, different accumulated skills and approaches to life that will have very different outcomes.

When people use unequal outcomes as proof of unequal opportunity, it's an extremely flawed assumption. Unequal outcomes proves nothing, but equal outcomes suggests a lack of equal opportunity.

Logic should be taught for many years in the schools.

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