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    Virginia Public High School Bans Students From Picking A White Male Scientist For Biography Project

    Yorktown High School, a public school in Arlington, Virginia, handed out a physics assignment instructing students to pick a famous scientist, engineer, or inventor to focus on for a biographical project. But the assignment came with a catch: Students are not allowed to choose a “white, non-Hispanic male.”
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    Its going to suck when they have a hundred reports on George Washington Carver.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan D. Doty View Post
    Its going to suck when they have a hundred reports on George Washington Carver.
    LOL.

    There are others, less well-known. I hope that is the purpose of the assignment-to challenge kids to find lost figures in history. If the teacher also said no reports on GWC, it could be a very educational assignment. They can use google to find names and then learn about those scientists or inventors.
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    A few suggestions:

    Colonial scientist Benjamin Banneker
    Blood bank pioneer Charles Drew
    Arctic explorer Matthew Henson
    Daring flier Bessie Coleman
    Astronaut Guion Bluford
    Astronaut Mae Jemison
    Brain surgeon Ben Carson
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    Quote Originally Posted by Retread View Post
    A few suggestions:

    Colonial scientist Benjamin Banneker
    Blood bank pioneer Charles Drew
    Arctic explorer Matthew Henson
    Daring flier Bessie Coleman
    Astronaut Guion Bluford
    Astronaut Mae Jemison
    Brain surgeon Ben Carson
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    You left out Creflo Dollar whose pioneering research into separating poor people from their money showed the world an underutilized source of funds for living an extravagant lifestyle.
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    If it wasn't for the current newspeak evil white people mindset plaguing our culture (and I believe implied by the line "It gives the impression that nobody else (female, persons of color) has contributed to science. This Eurocentric view is false…”) I would say this assignment is a good idea. Many students desperately need to be encouraged to dig deeper than the first page of Google results on as many assignments as possible. Actual study will find many successful and well recognized POC in many fields, which could help kill the narrative that evil white people hold back all POCs and they need the almighty government to fight back against whitey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retread View Post
    A few suggestions:

    Colonial scientist Benjamin Banneker
    Blood bank pioneer Charles Drew
    Arctic explorer Matthew Henson
    Daring flier Bessie Coleman
    Astronaut Guion Bluford
    Astronaut Mae Jemison
    Brain surgeon Ben Carson
    Sec State Condition Rice
    Author Octavia Butler
    I'm afraid Ben Carson and Condi Rice may not be quite what they're looking for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 3rd-try View Post
    I'm afraid Ben Carson and Condi Rice may not be quite what they're looking for.
    Most likely neither would Jamison, Butler or Coleman
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan D. Doty View Post
    Its going to suck when they have a hundred reports on George Washington Carver.
    That would be a boon to lazy teachers.

    I'd go with Shintaro Uda and Hidetsugu Yagi. Their antenna was a key to airborne radar in WW2 and broadcast TV reception from the 40s onward. I suspect they would be the "wrong kind" of ethnic minority for the purposes of this school's racism.
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    How about Hedy Lamarr

    At the beginning of World War II, she and composer George Antheil developed a radio guidance system for Allied torpedoes that used spread spectrum and frequency hopping technology to defeat the threat of jamming by the Axis powers.[6] Although the US Navy did not adopt the technology until the 1960s,[7] the principles of their work are incorporated into Bluetooth technology and are similar to methods used in legacy versions Wi-Fi.[8][9][10] This work led to their induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2014.
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