More random links

Oregon again says students don’t need to prove mastery of reading, writing or math to graduate, citing harm to students of color / Kids’ reading scores have soared in Mississippi ‘miracle’
Two stories this year, one in a Democrat-controlled state and the other in a Republican-controlled state (albeit with bipartisan support).
Morality justifies motivated reasoning in the folk ethics of belief
"many people will infer that a surgeon is more likely to be male than female, which is consistent with Bayesian reasoning given unequal base rates favoring men. However, when told that another person believes the same thing, people will condemn that person’s belief"
A Climate Hawk’s Issues With Electric Vehicles
On the use of certain scarce resources: "the amount ... needed for one long-range electric vehicle would be enough for either six plug-in hybrids or 90 of the type of hybrid that can’t be plugged in for a recharge. ... “The overall carbon reduction of those 90 hybrids over their lifetimes is 37 times as much as a single battery electric vehicle,” Toyota argues. That’s a stunning statistic if true."