Root and STEM
The website FiveThiryEight, well-known for applying numerical and/or stasticial methods to all sorts of questions, recently turned its analytic eye on the distribution of high-school mascots named after Native Americans. The author of this piece began by searching an online database of mascots for terms denoting Native Americans, such as
Braves, Chiefs, Indians, Orangemen, Raiders, Redmen, Reds, Redskins, Savages, Squaws, Tribe and Warriors
and in so doing unwittingly helped answer the question “What is the value of a non-STEM degree?” by demonstrating that some knowledge of European history can prevent you from embarrassing yourself in public.