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precision to make these categorical future Judgments and predictions
about human beings that we so glibly make.
We must talk about this. When I was president of the
American Psychological Association, I raised these questions, in
the beginning of my tenure, and ended my tenure with these questions
-- that we have a responsibility to the society, to educate the
society as to the limitations of our instruments; that they are just
starting points, not ending points.
And human beings are much too precious to be dealt with
so cavalierly, you know. You read the reports of the young psychometrician.
They're laughable, ludicrous, comic, if they weren't so
serious; I mean, if you weren't aware of the fact that some unsuspecting
teacher or administrator or personnel man is going to read that
stuff, and say, “OK, this person is hopeless, or “He can't get
This concludes the interview with Dr. Kenneth B. Clark,
February 23, 1976.
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