In my Marvel collecting days, I bought the first issue of What If?—begun in February of 1977 with «What If Spider-Man Joined the Fantastic Four?»
Marvel and DC have since then ventured into rewriting their comic book universes and even creating alternate universes for such thought experiments, but in the late 1970s, this was exciting stuff.
So much so, I want to apply this concept to standardized testing to ask the following:
- What if standardized tests were biased against males? (Every year of SAT data reveals that males outperform females on average in both the verbal and math sections; only the now defunct writing section that never really counted exhibits females scoring higher than males; see chart below.)
- What if standardized tests were biased against white, affluent males in ways that denied them access to college? Data from the 2005 SAT (the last year they separated data by gender…
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