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Asian fraternities

First, a pledge is blindfolded and separated from his assigned ‘‘Big,’’ an older fraternity brother, by a line of brothers whose arms are linked together. For the most part, this line signifies the barrier between glumly accepting America’s vision of emasculated, toadying Asian men and the great promise of success and masculine fulfillment.

Interesting NY Times Magazine article about Asian fraternities, the Chinese-American immigrant experience, and a specific murder prosecution for a death at an Asian fraternity hazing ritual.

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It’s a real shame about the closing of Mount Airy Lodge in 2001, which provided a Catskills-like experience for gentiles. I guess it didn’t survive for the same reason that the Catskills resorts didn’t survive.

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August 9, 2017 at 12:45 pm

How can Harvard fight back?

Harvard can simply do away with financial aid and need-blind admissions. The law says that Harvard can’t discriminate based on race. There’s no law that says that, if you’re selling an expensive product, you have to give the product away to poor minorities who can’t afford it.

If every student was required to pay full price, that would keep out Asian strivers with foreign-born parents. As well as middle-class white kids.

At least it would be clear to everyone that Harvard is a school for the richest, and not a school for the smartest.

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August 3, 2017 at 11:54 am

Posted in Education

Is it a good thing if Harvard becomes 40% Asian?

We assume that if Harvard stopped discriminating against Asians, the student body would very quickly become 40% Asian. U.C. Berkeley is 42% Asian.

Harvard obviously thinks this would be a bad thing for Harvard, otherwise they wouldn’t discriminate against Asians.

But would it be a good thing for the nation as a whole? I say yes. Anything that reduces the prestige and influence of elite liberal Ivy League professors is a good thing for American. Forcing Harvard to treat Asians fairly would, maybe, force a reckoning about the truth of HBD.

I predict that, if Harvard does become 40% Asian, it will cause it to have a loss of prestige among rich white kids, who will seek out less Asian schools. This dynamic happened with Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, After it became almost all Asian, affluent white people pulled their kids out and sent them to whiter private schools. Or they moved to white suburbs. Just about the only white kids left at Stuyvesant are the children of poor Russian immigrants.

This would be divine justice on those liberal elite Harvard professors who ruined white middle-class schools by forcing black kids into them in the name of desegregation.

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August 3, 2017 at 10:05 am

Posted in Biology, Education

Rich kids vote Democratic, so I say raise their inheritance taxes!

Steve Sailer has a chart showing where rich parents send their children to college.

With the weird exception of Washington and Lee University which is well known as a politically conservative school (but probably Koch Brothers open-borders conservative) with a tiny undergraduate enrollment of only 1,890 students (smaller than a lot of high schools), all of the other schools on the list are hotbeds of liberal political activism, and where Republican-voting students are a small minority.

These are the kids who will inherit their parents’ money. Instead of voting for the party that has shamelessly been trying to eliminate the estate tax, they vote for the party that wants to raise the tax and thereby significantly reduce the amount of money that they will inherit.

Once again, this leads us to the conclusion about the stupidity of Republicans, who are hell-bent on lowering the taxes of people who hate them, people who by their voting patterns obviously want their taxes raised. They should raise those taxes and distribute the money to those working-class and middle-class people who vote Republican.

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July 3, 2017 at 8:52 am

Posted in Education, Wealth

Asian “dean” fired from Yale for restaurant reviews

Asian “dean” at Yale fired because she used the phrase “white trash” in a review she wrote on Yelp.

Read the collection of reviews. I think they’re pretty funny. Ms. Chu is just a real person. Surely, there’s a place for this sort of frankness?

Would Paul Fussell, if he were alive today, be fired from Penn for writing Class? (Although I suppose that Fussell carefully avoided mentioning race.)

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June 21, 2017 at 8:55 pm

Posted in Education

Elite schools only admit “leaders”

I enjoyed reading this essay at the New York Times, despite the subtle bashing of Donald Trump.

I am almost certain that the girl in the essay who’s a cellist and biomedical engineering major is Asian. It does seem to me that the demand for “leadership” is one of the ways that elite schools manage to discriminate against Asians.

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March 26, 2017 at 8:21 pm

Posted in Education

Lion says Trump is right, WaPo wrong

The Washington Post thinks they caught Trump speaking an untruth again. Trump said that most people don’t know Lincoln was a Republican. The Post responds ha ha you are wrong a poll shows that 55% of people knew that.

But since the poll seems to only have had three choice (Republican, Democrat, don’t know), we can be sure that some of the people merely guessed that Lincoln was a Republican and they didn’t get the correct answer because they actually knew the correct answer. Surely less than 50% actually knew that Lincoln was a Republican. So Trump is right, the Washington Post is wrong.

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March 22, 2017 at 3:35 pm

Posted in Education

Intranational brain drain

J.D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy writes in a NY Times op-ed:

As one of my college professors recently told me about higher education, “The sociological role we play is to suck talent out of small towns and redistribute it to big cities.” There have always been regional and class inequalities in our society, but the data tells us that we’re living through a unique period of segregation.

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March 17, 2017 at 6:23 pm

Posted in Education

Rare interview of Frank McCourt at Stuyvesant in 1987

This was posted on YouTube with the following explanation:

In 1987 a documentary was made about my pal Moishe on the occasion of his going to grad school – since he was a graduate of NYC’s famed Stuyvesant HS, we went down to tape some teachers recollections of Moishe….we happened upon future pulitzer prize winning author of Angela’s Ashes, Frank McCourt (and one of Moishe’s teachers) and this never before footage was shot of Mr. McCourt musing about his former student – this was incidentally just before he retired from teaching to embark upon his second career as a famed writer….he was also my teacher as well and I have very fond memories of him….rest in peace, Frank.

This is the real Frank McCourt I remember as a high school teacher and not the older Frank McCourt who everyone respected as a famous author.

What was it like having him as a teacher? Well every day you got a dose of that dry acerbic wit. I found it very entertaining.

You will notice the following about this interview:

1. He remembers two things about Moishe: (a) that he was a “character” who wasn’t serious and found everything hilarious, and (b) that he was a “Queens type” and not a Manhattan type. Can you detect the subtle condescension of the outer boroughs?

2. When he learns that Moishe attended Queens College, I think I also detect more condescension about his choice of college.

3. The spiel at the end about how he wants to be at Moishe’s wedding is an example of McCourt saying stuff that you assume is a joke and not to be taken seriously, yet it’s not so outlandish that it’s impossible to discount that he might actually want to attend Moishe’s wedding. That was typical McCourt. I never knew when he was being serious and when he was BSing (although in this case it seems 95% likely that it’s BS). And that’s why I am sure that a lot of the stuff in his memoir is made up and he was secretly laughing over how everyone believed it.

4. He also manages to complain about his low salary as a teacher.

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March 6, 2017 at 11:10 pm

Posted in Books, Education

Vouchers bad for students

This was in the NY Times last week, somehow I missed it.

Upshot column reports on MULTIPLE studies, children do worse on math and reading tests when they use a voucher to attend private school.

This is what I always predicted would happen. Math and reading tests are heavily g-based, and going to private school doesn’t change children’s genetically predetermined intelligence.

Since No Child Left Behind, the public schools have been doing an amazing job of training students to do well on these tests through endless drilling. It’s my opinion that such endless drilling is actually not beneficial because it sucks all joy out of education while it only temporarily boosts test scores and doesn’t actually make children smarter or even make them more educated in any practical manner.

Until the truth of HBD can become part of the conversation, it’s not only a waste of time, it’s extremely counterproductive for conservatives to try to improve education with conservative ideas like vouchers and charter schools and other nonsense. Give it up.

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February 28, 2017 at 10:46 pm

Posted in Education

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