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Thursday, October 06, 2005

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.


Blogger Mary Hogan said...

I agree, "college" is so bloated with self-importance and ego...that the learning is only of the last publish moron.

And I did graduate from college with a meaningless degree in education.

12:18 PM  
Blogger Vader said...

I take the Ivy League seriously because other people take it seriously.

Not for any independent merits it may have.

12:45 PM  
Blogger Mary Hogan said...

So, it is all about getting ahead in a prove you are...something special? And then what?

5:23 PM  
Blogger Vader said...

Don't misunderstand me. Because so many people take the Ivy League seriously, I have no choice but to take it seriously.

When someone out of the Ivy League says something silly, enough people take it seriously -- because it came out of the Ivy League -- for it to be a serious matter even though it was a silly remark. Do you see what I'm saying now?

Let's try an analogy: Hell should be taken seriously, even though I disagree with its politics, distrust its press statements, and am not seeking admission.

For what it's worth, I'm not an Ivy Leager, and neither is anyone I know of in the building where I work -- which is packed with some of the best technical minds in the nation.

4:50 PM  

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