They're Not Just Discriminating against Conservatives
A few months ago, I theorized that opposition to standardized tests was intended to discriminate against conservatives. There are other groups being kept out of Harvard (and possibly other “prestigious” universities):
And the most important category? That mysterious index of “personal” qualities. According to Harvard’s own analysis, the personal rating was a better predictor of admission than the academic rating. Those with a rank of 4 or worse on the personal scale had, in the nineteen-sixties, a rejection rate of ninety-eight per cent. Those with a personal rating of 1 had a rejection rate of 2.5 per cent. When the Office of Civil Rights at the federal education department investigated Harvard in the nineteen-eighties, they found handwritten notes scribbled in the margins of various candidates’ files. “This young woman could be one of the brightest applicants in the pool but there are several references to shyness,” read one. Another comment reads, “Seems a tad frothy.” One application—and at this point you can almost hear it going to the bottom of the pile—was notated, “Short with big ears.”I suppose that's why H. Ross Perot attended Texarkana Junior College and the United States Naval Academy.
I'm beginning to wonder why we still take the Ivy Leage seriously.