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Ah, the unintended, and probably not considered, consequences of our decisions... I think there really is one event. Some hints: It was the culmination of a series of lesser events. It has to do with substituting one type of measurement with another.
TheSquirrel TheSquirrel 46-50, M 2 Answers Nov 5, 2012 in Education

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Same time frame, but something different.

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Viet nam war?

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Nope.

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The metric system?

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Nope. Another hint: It has to do with IQ testing.

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the bell curve

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I think the tipping point is mentioned in The Bell Curve. As a pair of hints, I could tell you that it was a Supreme Court decision and that it got a very different reaction than the Bell Curve did when it came out.

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Brown vs. Board of Education?

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Brown v Board of Education was a good decision with positive consequences, so nope.

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I have to go, so here is the answer: Griggs v Duke Power Co. This made it prohibitively difficult to use IQ tests in the processes of hiring and promoting people. So, what is the next best thing, that an employer does not have to hassle with, that can be used in its place? A college degree.

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401 U.S. 424 (1971)

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Metric system adoption - which was supposed to happen in 1980 but didn't.



Nowadays, thinking "metric" is a key way to distinguish university graduates from high school graduates.

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Nope. I left another hint on lobject's thread.

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