This article has some good stuff in it with some thoughtful insights. However, I do have a few observations.

Studies on human psychology, including intelligence, have policy implications for our educators and for the government. Many programs have the goal of helping the poor, the uneducated – those who are “at-risk.” Although there are probably successful programs, some of the most expensive failures are often geared towards helping minorities. These programs seem to be based on the assumption that we can fix these problems through expensive programs (both in the private and the public sectors). If spending money could fix our social problems, we would have no social problems.

Until we accept that the major contributor to our social problems is non-environmental, we will continue to spend large amounts of time and money on programs that do more harm than good.

Although there are numerous examples that illustrate the folly of these types of programs, one of the best examples is the case of the failing public schools of Kansas City, Missouri. The following is from cato:
1. School reformers rejoiced when Federal District Judge Russell Clark [appointed by President Carter] took control of the district in ‘85. He ruled it was unconstitutionally segregated, with dilapidated facilities and students who performed poorly.
2. To bring the district into compliance [sic]. the judge ordered it and the state over the next 12 years to spend nearly $2 billion to build more schools, renovate old ones, integrate classrooms and bring student test scores up to national norms.
3. But when the judge finally took himself off the case last year [1997?], there was little to show academically for all that money. Although the district’s 37,000 mostly minority students enjoyed some of the best-funded school facilities in the country, student performance hadn’t improved.

Cato has more detailed information on the KC public school fiasco.

Additionally, I do not believe that the judge or the federal government apologized to the Missouri taxpayers. And, of course, the federal government made no effort to reimburse these taxpayers.