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Test wins in federal court

Here’s some interesting HBD-related news. A judge who previously said that teacher exams were unlawful because they caused disparate impact on minority job applicants, finally approved the current test even though the test still probably has just as much disparate impact.

[T]his time, Judge Wood ruled that the state and Pearson, the testing company that helped devise the exam, had done a proper job of making sure that the “content of the ALST is representative of the content of a New York State public-school teacher’s job.”

A reminder that objective testing is NOT illegal as long as the content of test is properly related to the job.

The late U.C. Berkeley professor Arthur Jensen would have argued that all of these tests partially measure g, and that blacks, on average, will always do poorly on them compared to whites because the average black IQ is one-standard-deviation lower than the average white IQ. At least that’s what Jensen said, although there are people who no doubt consider him to be a racist for saying that.

It has been my observation that reading, writing, and literacy skills are highly “g-loaded,” to use the lingo of Arthur Jensen. Despite MASSIVE efforts to close the racial gap on tests of reading comprehension given to school children since the No Child Left Behind law was enacted, the gap still persists. Evidence that Jensen was right.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

August 8, 2015 at 9:05 am

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  1. This supposition, that there are jobs where general intelligence is not relevant, is a load of bollocks, as Jensen would argue. Working with dumb people makes any job harder, especially if they are a subordinate. I’ve got one in my office, a low level employee who got in because of nepotism (and enthusiasm for hiring vets) but used a lousy for-profit open access online degree, paid for by the GI bill to get past HR. This guy causes all of us nothing but headaches. Dumb people always overestimate their abilities (Dunning-Kruger) and consequently, if not closely policed, can quickly get into escalating problems. Who wants a second job policing a dummy? Especially, one who doesn’t like being policed.


    August 8, 2015 at 11:36 am

  2. What’s scary is that even with the old, and I assume slightly more difficult test, plenty of not very bright women ended up in classrooms. At one school my kids attended every notice sent home was riddled with glaring spelling and grammatical errors. Remember education has some of the worst, if not the worst, grade inflation of any college major.

    Anyway the only black teachers I’ve encountered in NYC were from Liberia.

    slithy toves

    August 8, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    • “At one school my kids attended every notice sent home was riddled with glaring spelling and grammatical errors.”

      Uh-huh. And what were the racial demographics of these teachers? I have the strong suspicion that you’re too much of a cowardly pissant to talk about *that*.

      The American educational system is doing as well as it ever has. What’s changed is that the racial demographics have brought the average ability level down.


      August 8, 2015 at 8:35 pm

      • The teachers and administrators at that school were all white, and all female except for one male teacher. As I mentioned, in all the schools we’ve been through in NYC, I’ve encountered 2 black teachers and one Puerto Rican kindergarten teacher (who looked white). All other teaching staff was white.

        While I don’t disagree that a school’s merit is determined in large part by its students, it is a fact that the typical teaching candidate these days is a different animal from what you found before “women’s lib.” At a certain point if a woman wanted a career, teaching was one of the few venues open to her. So a lot of very intelligent women were funneled into teaching. These teachers have retired by now or on the brink of retirement.

        Today, the smartest women aren’t interested in teaching elementary school, much less in public ones. They’ll enter more lucrative and prestigious fields.

        slithy toves

        August 9, 2015 at 9:17 am

      • The racial demographics of the teachers at the public schools might change, as we head to a 2nd term with de Blasio, who pretty much will become the de facto mayor, because he has more than 50% of the votes. 90% of blacks will support him as mayor, and 30% of Whites will vote for him again.

        Nearly all low status work in NYC, especially in Manhattan, is filled up by NAMs. Whites in Manhattan, are wealthy enough, not to take up any menial position. Most 20 something, White millennials in Manhattan, live to feast, fuss and fornicat*. The either paid their dues by taking up a high paying, high status job, or live partially or entirely on their parents’ sustenance.

        I just love, love, love, seeing the income inequality that is so apparent in Manhattan, as a result of a combination of our caste system, lack of equal opportunity, HBD and liberalism. I really don’t know who’s right or wrong on this issue. All I know is that Manhattan is wrong with Meriprolestan on a smaller scale. Don’t even get me started on how credulous many of these overpampered kids are. I feel sorry for them, if God forbids them, to continue, to live a soft pampered life.


        August 9, 2015 at 11:21 am

      • There are a lot of white waiters and waitresses. But I never see whites working at supermarkets (except Whole Foods), drugstores, fast food, etc.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        August 9, 2015 at 12:10 pm

  3. If I have a rash on my arm and go to the dermatologist, he’s not going to say, “probly cancer, let’s do a biopsy,” right off the bat. Instead, he’s going to rule out ten or twenty more likely syndromes first, starting with poison oak. The analogy to race isn’t perfect, but Jensen-like analyses of black intelligence have a similar problem in that something prior has to be ruled out. And that something is black cool. Cool is inherently anti-intellectual, and it’s what blacks value most. They don’t want to sacrifice it just to do well on SAT’s, but fully mastering Englisb thriugh the early grades would eviscerate their cool. I know that HBD’ers claim that psychometric testing transcends this problem, but I don’t really see how.


    August 8, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    • “If I have a rash on my arm and go to the dermatologist, he’s not going to say, ‘probly cancer, let’s do a biopsy,’ right off the bat. Instead, he’s going to rule out ten or twenty more likely syndromes first, starting with poison oak”

      A better analogy would be if the person really doesn’t want to believe that he has cancer even though the test was positive, so he gets tested for 20 things, they are all negative, then re-tests, then re-tests again, and again, and again, until finally he gets a few tests with ambiguous results and says “Aha! I don’t have cancer!”

      “And that something is black cool. Cool is inherently anti-intellectual, and it’s what blacks value most.”

      Apparently this “preference for cool” is universal — even among blacks who are adopted by whites; even among blacks who live in Africa; even among middle class blacks who grow up in nice suburbs. Almost as if the “preference for cool” was genetic.


      August 8, 2015 at 9:31 pm

  4. ‘It has been my observation that reading, writing, and literacy skills are highly “g-loaded,’

    blacks are about proportionally represented among the 20th century great American novel list. the idiots.

    Jensen also stated that g loading decreased with culture loading. the exact opposite of reality: vocab is the most loaded and heritable.


    August 8, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    • “blacks are about proportionally represented among the 20th century great American novel list. the idiots.”

      Ever hear of tokenism? Political correctness?


      August 8, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    • “blacks are about proportionally represented among the 20th century great American novel list.”

      Lol!! Sure, and you know what else? If you looked at the list of the Ten Best Presidents Ever, absent Washington and Jefferson (if they were on it) you’d be really looking at a list of the Ten Worst Presidents. Ideology rules, dear boy.

      As for the “great American novel list” (is this a thing?), I assume it includes claptrap like “The Color Purple,” ”
      Beloved” and other mush. And who comes up with this list? I found one list online — the first Google result –which is a result of a reader vote, and “To Kill a Mockingbird” was “the best” American novel. Yet it is a piece of junk.


      August 8, 2015 at 4:59 pm

      • One should look at bestsellers. What the little people like is not influenced by the sex or race of the author. Are any top money-making authors like Stephen King or Joanne Rowling black?

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        August 8, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    • The only novelist who mattered from the 20th century is Wyndham Lewis. T. S. Eliot correctly noted that he was the English language’s Dostoyevsky (the only 19th century novelist who mattered). All the rest is crap, including Joyce, although ‘Ulysses’ is a very strong piece of work.

      Abundance Mentality

      August 8, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    • 2/21 on wiki for the 21st century. slightly under 10 percent. no Asians. are there any Jews?

      but lion now says that bestseller pulp bullshit is now what he meant by g-loaded literary skill.


      August 8, 2015 at 6:01 pm

      • If you think it’s so easy to write a pulp bestseller, go ahead and try.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        August 8, 2015 at 8:32 pm

      • 2/21 for the 20th c. and one, roth, was jewish./

        lions eat cocks

        August 8, 2015 at 8:43 pm

      • pulp bestsellers ARE very easy to write.

        but they are very difficult to SELL.

        lion says: if you think pro-wrestling is so easy why don’t you beat hulk hogan.

        lions eat cocks

        August 8, 2015 at 8:46 pm

      • blah typos.

        but one good turn…

        if you think it’s so easy to write “the great American novel,” go ahead and try.

        or not. it’s all trivial anyway.


        August 8, 2015 at 10:51 pm

      • Correct, east asians have no strong writing tradition in the US. Harvard understands this!


        August 9, 2015 at 11:37 am

  5. Sorry Lion, but Jensen’s observation is only true of blacks in the US, whereas black immigrants are those with the highest education among all racial groups. See this article, which debunks the myth that blacks score lower:!


    August 8, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    • Nigerians in the US may very well have the highest level of education in the US. The Nigerians not in the US, were they in the US, would not.

      Much like Harvard, those who make it in are highly not-representational of the population at large.

      Abraham Lincoln

      August 8, 2015 at 1:50 pm

      • *representative

        Abraham Lincoln

        August 8, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    • That mean’s nothing. Worked with a few Ghanaians and Nigerians in the past, all with post bac education, and couldn’t hold a candle to a few East Asians without the higher education fluff.

      blacks have undesirable behaviorial traits like prone to aggression, which makes them undesirable in any work environment. afro-americans are the worse in this regard. I’m pondering if the white admixture in afro-americans are impediment to their success in life, because of a poor, incompatible, mismatched combination of the black/White cognitive profile.


      August 8, 2015 at 1:55 pm

      • Had a Nigerian woman programmer at work. Could not figure out what the hell she was doing in the company? One day security walked her out for making hundreds of dollars worth of phone calls to Nigeria.


        August 8, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    • Such hilarity about Nigerians! The article debunks itself if you know how to read between the lines.

      “Out of all the Nigerian immigrants Kleinberg reached in his random phone surveys in 1994 through 2007—a total of 45 households—40 percent of them told him they had post-graduate degrees.”

      Snort!! A phone survey! Of Nigerians! 100% accurate, I’m sure.

      And these are degrees mostly awarded in Nigeria, which I’m sure has exacting standards. Why would Nigerians want a degree?

      “The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 made it easier for Africans to enter the U.S., but mostly as students or highly skilled professionals.”

      Yes I’ve got a golden tickkkkkeeeetttt!!! It’s a racket, stupid. One quote I found in two seconds:

      “Nigeria’s institutions and lecture halls are severely overcrowded, student to teacher ratios have skyrocketed and faculty shortages have become a major problem, with an estimated 40 percent of university positions and 60 percent of polytechic positions currently unstaffed…. The growth in demand for university places is largely a function of Nigeria’s rapidly growing youth population, and comes despite a school system that is failing to educate a large percentage of its youth. The literacy rate for 15-24 year olds stands at 72.1 percent, just 11 percentage points higher than an adult literacy rate of 61.3 percent.”

      Nigeria has a load of young people since it’s population is booming, young people trying to get into crappy universities, because a degree smooths the path to get into America or Europe and get an Aff-Ack job. Period. End of story.


      August 8, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    • for all the whining about value transference and how modern society depends on it, all the other whining about blacks failing to adjust may be misplaced. isn’t that essentially the entire business model of the successful black countries like Barbados? tourism, tax evasion…

      but they’re rich!


      August 8, 2015 at 6:05 pm

  6. If Nigerians are so smart, why did that prince forget to send me the money he promised?


    August 8, 2015 at 2:38 pm

  7. Yes but these IQ tests are not culturally accurate. They’re based on Western Assumptions that you need ability, focus and skill to live. However, blacks live in the Stone Age, and in the Stone Age all you need is to run faster than wild animals and rape women faster than others in the tribe. Why do you need testing for teacher positions anyway? From what I remember in school none of the teachers knew anything worth mentioning. They say women are better verbally and men are on average better at math, but my math teachers were women who made mistakes copying examples out of the teacher’s edition with the answers printed in them and my English teachers were men who thought Dickens was literature even though Dickens was a hack who wrote serials in London Newspapers. That’s why his stories are over a thousand pages long, because he was paid by the word, not the story.
    One thing I did learn in school though was to hate the Government. If not for school I might not have started hating the Government until I started paying taxes and noticed people on welfare were driving better cars than I was. Public Education isn’t really about learning anyway. Its a way to keep the drain at the bottom of the gene pool clear by giving them something to do that keeps them out of the way.

    Joshua Sinistar

    August 8, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    • Public high school serves to pass out condoms, Plan B and free rides to Planned Parenthood for pregnant teens.

      not too late

      August 8, 2015 at 8:59 pm

  8. “A reminder that objective testing is NOT illegal as long as the content of test is properly related to the job.”

    And the content of this test isn’t. There’s no evidence that being able to pass the test will make someone a better teacher, and certainly none that it will improve the test scores of the students.


    August 8, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    • Not true. Teachers who do not know content cannot effectively model or teach it.

      not too late

      August 9, 2015 at 9:31 am

  9. We live in an age of fake credentials. Most of these degrees may as well be from a diploma mill. Ever met an overbearing college grad who thinks they’re an expert in everything because they have a degree from college? My God its hard to believe. Sociologists are the worst. They just know everything about people cause the have a cardboard diploma from Wossamatta U. Yeah OK.
    Most people should know how to read and write, do math to algebra or trig and perhaps have read some books that were written before the Twentieth Century. These Post Modern people are the most uneducated elitist snobs on Earth. They think everything before the 1960s was racist, sexist and just “wrong”. The Ancient Greeks would burn down these diploma mills if they could see the vapid insular twaddle these fake intellectuals wallow in.

    Joshua Sinistar

    August 8, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    • So true. An electrician is more truly educated than many of these folks. I mean at least he can do one useful and necessary thing as opposed to these fools who can do nothing useful.

      not too late

      August 9, 2015 at 9:35 am

    • We have plenty of proles without a college card stock, and they’re the backbone of our society. The only concern, NAMs are gradually replacing them.


      August 9, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    • Yes, we live in a world suffocating under the weight of fake degrees and programs and expenditures advanced solely to maintain the appearance that these degrees represent legitimate human capital. Many of the degrees are, in fact, from diploma mills. Many from effective diploma mills. But, like diversity counselors, once a group of people have something from which they expect remuneration (like a chiropractic license) they will work relentlessly to advance the value of their degree by seeking to advance the prestige of their field of ‘study’ whether the field is, in fact, worthy of study or prestige. Like the old crack about the virtual industry surrounding the mythologizing of Abraham Lincoln’s life; once there is so much human capital invested in a myth it cannot be destroyed. Same goes for ‘concepts’ such as white privilege and ‘skills’ such as motivational training.

      I wish Lion would speak to this more often. Fussell spoke to it.


      August 9, 2015 at 3:50 pm

  10. Let’s not forget Charles Spearman who identified “g” over a century ago. Spearman’s Hypothesis has yet to be disproved.


    August 10, 2015 at 6:01 pm

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