I finished reading the chapter in his book about education.
Let’s start with the bad news. Mitt Romney appears to buy into HBD denialism. But is this Mitt Romney’s fault? The sad truth is that any major politician who admits to understanding the truth of HBD will be considered a racist and would have no future in politics.
There are, however, some promising things in this chapter of the book.
1. Romney cites studies which show that smaller class sizes did not help education results at all, so he concludes we are wasting money on small class sizes. This is promising that Romney is willing to believe studies that challenge the conventional wisdom. It shows that Romney has an analytical mind. And it shows that Romney thinks about the economic costs of policies that sound good but don't produce results that justify the expense.
2. Romney hates teachers unions. He points out that teachers unions promote small class sizes because they create more jobs for teachers.
3. Romney talks about the importance of providing better education for the better students who are also falling behind in international comparisons. It is very good that Romney acknowledges this, because the typical leftist doesn’t care about improving education for the best students (their own children hypocritically excepted) because they are already advantaged
4. Romney says the most important thing we can do for education is stop single motherhood because studies show that children with two married parents do much better in school. I’m not so convinced of the cause and effect, but the fact that Romney believes that single motherhood is a very big national problem shows that he’s a true conservative in my book, even more conservative than those evangelical idiots who applauded Sarah Palin for having an unmarried pregnant teenage daughter.