Journalists and statistical thinking

Earlier this month, results of the baccalauréat came out. It is the French examination you have to pass to graduate from high school. B. Coulmont, a professor in sociology at Université Paris 8, made this plot representing the number of mention Très Bien (highest honors) according to the first name. He insisted that first name do not determine academic success, but instead are a good proxy to one’s social class.