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Bell Curve

A curve on a chart in which most data points cluster around the median and become less frequent the farther they fall to either side of the median. When plotted on a chart, a bell curve looks roughly like a bell.
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Through 60 medical record reviews, the author found respiratory rates of 24 to be an indicator of escalating clinical instability (n=41); respiratory rates of 30 fall at the peak of the bell curve (n=40).
At the peak of the bell curve is runs of ventricular tachycardia.
By doing so, Bell Curves will stay ahead of the class.
Given the interest in the Bell Curve, however, it appears that they were merely suppressed, but not forgotten.
Perhaps if our society were more of a multicultural one, the Bell Curve would be ignored as the off-the-wall rantings of some retrograde thinkers.
In this article, I will argue that the kind of thinking exhibited in the Bell Curve has maintained the divisions between groups and undercut all efforts to make our schools more equitable for all children.
"Frontline," which features documentaries on important social issues, broadcast a program on race relations in schools entitled "School Colors."(4) It was shown on PBS at about the same time that the Bell Curve was receiving attention from the media.
Again that is, when one realizes how little originality can be found in either of the foundational theses of the The Bell Curve. The race-IQ thesis is a politically polished rehash of Herrnstein's I.Q.
Given the rich compendium of scientific critiques that are(15) and will be(16) readily available to the social scientific community and the reading public and given Murray and Herrnstein's recalcitrance,(17) this piece would be superfluous if my intent was to simply recount others' sage and derogatory reviews of The Bell Curve. I am of the mind, however, that other important questions must be raised about the resurfacing of the race-IQ thesis lest we face the possibility of allowing this episode to be the latest, as opposed to the last, episode.
(Less than 40 years ago, Young could successfully parody the rise of meritocracy,(18) but now, still well short of the year 2033, this seems immanently less humorous in light of The Bell Curve.) Yet some of us, surely unwittingly, may have, in effect, propagated such a political position as tenable.
Hauser, "The Bell Curve," Contemporary Sociology, 24(1995): 149-153.
Perhaps the most trenchant comment one can make about all these studies of bell curves is expressed in a whimsical lyric (by J.