Lion of the Blogosphere

I support lottery-based admissions

A liberal group called New America made this recommendation and it has been picked up by NPR.

I say, let’s go for it. This would turn Harvard into a community college (unless Harvard decides to turn down all federal money in order to keep its evil elitist policies), but that’s a good thing because the elite universities have become enemies of the people with their support for radical SJWism. Let them be destroyed by the very left-wing policies they’ve pushed on the rest of the nation. I think that it’s totally politically feasible that Democrats in Congress would go for this, because they believe in the magic-bricks-and-mortar theory of education.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 27, 2019 at EDT pm

Posted in Education

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  1. Any plans for rebuilding Americas University system afterward? Harvard was founded in 1636 and once extended a job offer to Galileo. It’s an enemy of the people now, but it would be nice if we could go back to a state of affairs where everything was fixed. Your plan is kind of like burning a village to drive out rats that carry the plague – fixes some things by breaking others.

    MoreSigmasThanYou

    March 27, 2019 at EDT pm

    • Harvard University President was one of the key people pushing for and overseeing Salem Witch Trials. Nothing to be proud about being founded ages ago. Any organization that exists longer than 200 years is net negative for society and is overdue for destruction.

      My 2¢

      March 27, 2019 at EDT pm

    • Economics will hold the country together for the foreseeable future while the culture continues to rot and increased balkanization eventually leads to some sort of breakup. Or at least that seems like the most likely scenario at the moment. The future looks bleak and we should seek to destroy our enemies in the meantime if only for the psychological pleasure it brings. I’d like to see the ivies burn because it would be amusing.

      Horace Pinker

      March 27, 2019 at EDT pm

    • The purpose of elite schools should be to do research. The problem is when they become gatekeepers for even non-academic success like business, politics & media.

      pumpkinperson

      March 27, 2019 at EDT pm

      • “The purpose of elite schools should be to do research.”

        Then they should stop pretending to be about education and just become research institutes with no students.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        March 27, 2019 at EDT pm

  2. The solution is the PeterIke College Admissions Plan, which is a slight spin on a lottery. In my plan, each school gets to set a level requirement on one or more tests. For example, you need 1350 on the SATs (or whatever) to apply to State U. You could add other tests.

    These tests scores are the ONLY criteria. Everyone with 1350 or higher can apply to State U. For admission, State U then puts all the eligible applicants names in a bowl (literally, to avoid hacking), and they have a drawing day that is open to the public. If the freshman class holds 500 people, the first 500 names out of the bowl get in. Done.

    No more of the nonsense around admissions and all the SJW status signalling that goes into making up a class that is 99.9% SJW approved. The end result would be far more REAL diversity in education. And students would only get into schools they could actually do well in, rather than being elevated into schools they can’t handle.

    peterike

    March 27, 2019 at EDT pm

    • I would support your plan.

      destructure

      March 27, 2019 at EDT pm

      • #MeToo

        gothamette

        March 27, 2019 at EDT pm

  3. Theres no way the liberals will go for this as a whole. It’ll play out like I bet the NYC education thing will play out. NAMs will come out in full support. But they’re the only ones who stand to benefit. Upper middle class whites are hypocrites who will say they believe in the blank slate but in no way will jeopardize their kids chances in life will be against it. So will Asians. The media wont give this more than token airplay because they are UMC whites.

    Nils anders

    March 27, 2019 at EDT pm

  4. Lottery is only a part of their proposal. There is a slew if black privileged measures included. I wouldn’t rush to support it, mate.

    Yakov

    March 27, 2019 at EDT pm

  5. Only value of these Ivies is to: signal very high IQ, and get connections and job opportunities.

    SAT and IQ scores can do the former. The second part is harder .

    grey enlightenment

    March 27, 2019 at EDT pm

  6. Let’s see just how powerful that magical Ivy League dirt really is.

    Oswald Spengler

    March 27, 2019 at EDT pm

  7. it’s all about status symbolism for the parents. Always has been. The kids care because the parents care. I think it would be good for the parents’ souls, and the kids’, if it were a lottery based on a certain SAT. I like that plan. But it will never happen because all the stakeholders need status symbols.

    Amused Observer

    March 27, 2019 at EDT pm

  8. Don’t make laugh now! Coimbra University is over 800 years old and is a fine place. Witches were modern day feminists. You gotta put things in perspective.

    Yakov

    March 27, 2019 at EDT pm

  9. Is quite hypocritical that the left rarely talks about black historic colleges that provides a sense of inclusion and support for the intended demographic. Harvard has proven to be a crap shoot for NAMs and even Asians who come from the lower tiers of society.

    Ok, what, who's this again?

    March 27, 2019 at EDT pm

  10. Ron Unz proposed the admissions lottery idea way back in 2012 in his landmark article “The Myth of American Meritocracy.” Specifically, he suggested the Ivy League universities should reserve a small percentage of slots for “top brains” while selecting the remaining students by lottery.

    Can’t say I’m surprised that neither the liberal think tank nor the guy at the American Enterprise Institute are hawking Unz’s idea without giving him credit. Citing Unz would probably mean professional suicide, so the idea needs to be isolated from its source. It’s interesting how this works.

    Hari Seldon

    March 28, 2019 at EDT am


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