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Does Harvard still have Jewish quotas?

The way that Pew and other surveys count Jews is to ask people “What’s your religion?” and if they answer “Jewish” then it means they are Jewish, otherwise they are not Jewish. Using this method of counting Jews, Jews are 1.8% of the U.S. population, and 7.7% of Harvard (according to the Harvard class of 2021 survey). It’s an apples to apples comparison, using the same counting method.

According to La Griffe du Lion, Jewish IQ is 0.8 standard deviations above the white mean.

We previously discussed that the average Harvard student has an SAT score that’s 2.65 standard deviations above the average SAT score (or the top 0.4%).

Plugging all of these numbers into Excel, using the NORMSDIST() function, Jews ought to be 14.4% of Harvard, but they are only 7.7%, therefore we might conclude that Harvard still has Jewish quotas to prevent too many Jews from attending.

UPDATE: Originally I said Jews were 1.9% of Americans, but the latest Pew survey says 1.8%, so I updated the numbers to reflect that.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 31, 2017 at EST pm

Posted in Education

Harvard students are smarter than you think

Commenters insisting that 3 standard deviations above average is exaggerated.

Well that’s not true.

According to this source the average new 1600 SAT score at Harvard is 1540.

And according to this source, 1540 is top 0.4%

That’s 2.65 standard deviations above the mean SAT score, but because a large percentage of lower IQ student don’t bother to take the SAT, the median SAT score equates to higher than the median IQ score.

So 3 standard deviations above average is approximately correct.

Harvard students really are the best of the best.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 30, 2017 at EST pm

Posted in Education

At Harvard, Jews less liberal than gentile whites

The Harvard incoming class survey is a trove of interesting information!

For example, 58.6% of students who self-identify as Jewish say they are liberal.

This is less than whites in general: 65.1% of white students say they are liberal.

Anti-Semites say it’s the Jews who are making the gentile whites more liberal, but maybe it’s the other way around!

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 30, 2017 at EST pm

Posted in Education

Jewish math and HBD

If Jews (defined as people Jewish enough to make Aliyah to Israel) are 5% of the white U.S. population, and the average Jew scores 2/3 of a standard deviation higher on tests than the average white gentile, and a white person needs to score three standard deviations above the white gentile median on tests to get accepted to the most elite colleges, and everyone applies at the same rate, what percent of white students at the most elite colleges will be Jewish?

The answer is 27.7%. Which comes pretty close to matching reality. There’s no Jewish overrepresentation anywhere if you account for HBD.

If you don’t believe me, duplicate the experiment in Microsoft Excel yourself. You can use the NORMDIST() function to calculate the standard deviation stuff.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 30, 2017 at EST am

Posted in Education

Harvard class of 2021 less than 50% non-Hispanic white

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40812196

I missed this article back in August.

The affirmative action in favor of black students must be massive to account for such high black enrollment.

If you don’t like Harvard, the thing to do about it is advocate for hiring based on achievement tests instead of college degrees, as I explained in my previous post.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 29, 2017 at EST am

Posted in Education

How to end the hegemony of elite schools

Some libertarian types blame it all on government. “If only Griggs v. Duke Power Co. were reversed, then businesses would hire on objective tests instead of college degrees.” People who say that never even bothered to read the opinion. The opinion stated that using a high school degree as a hiring requirement was discrimination because it had a disparate impact on blacks. The exact same reasoning could be applied to college degrees. “On average, white and Asian students earn a college-level credential at a rate about 20 percentage points higher than Hispanic and black students do, a new report shows.” (Source.)

Why hasn’t any employer (as far as I know) ever been sued for requiring a college degree? Because everyone “knows” that college degrees are really really important. Worship of credentials is baked into society, and has infiltrated the big corporations as much as it has infiltrated liberal lawyers.

If you want to see real change, it is only going to come from government. The federal government must establish a set of achievement tests that are alternatives to college degrees. Then for starters, the government would hire based only on how well applicants scored on relevant achievement tests and disregard whether they have a college degree. The more advanced use of achievement tests would be for the government to pass civil rights laws which make it illegal for business to favor college credentials over the achievement tests, on the grounds that college credentials discriminate against the economically disadvantaged. (On the other hand, it will never be a ground that achievement tests will benefit blacks, because blacks will do poorly on achievement tests compared to whites because of lower black average IQ.)

Those people who hate Asians may dislike this approach because they think it would disproportionately benefit Asians who do better on tests than other races. However this is only a temporary phenomenon that tests benefit Asians more than college credentials. Asians immigrants don’t understand how our society works, but they are as motivated as the Jews were to figure it out. And in the future, we will probably see a lot more Asian activism in pursuing legal action against those elite colleges that discriminate against Asians solely because of their race.

Ironically, colleges began emphasizing non-scholastic and non-test admissions criteria like sports, participation in philanthropy, “leadership,” etc, because they thought it benefited WASPs at the expense of Jews who were stereotyped as bookish nerds who were not well rounded. But the Jews learned how to adapt, and now Jewish kids’ college applications are full of sports, philanthropy and leadership activities just like WASP kids used to be. Yes, I agree that people in prole areas of the country, regardless of their religion or ethnicity, are consequently disadvantaged in admission to elite college because they don’t understand the rules; neither their parents nor their public school teachers understand the rules. On the other hand, elite colleges seek geographic diversity (the last thing they want is yet ANOTHER kid from the New York metropolitan area), so kids in flyover country who have parents or teachers who know the rules and guide them properly have a big advantage over kids from the New York metropolitan area.

For that matter, I personally was disadvantaged because my prole parents didn’t know the rules. (This idea that all Jews know the rules are false. Prole Jews are just as clueless as prole gentiles.) I may very well have gone to Harvard or Princeton if I had parents who knew the rules and guided me better.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 29, 2017 at EST am

Posted in Education

Can you send your kids to college without them being indoctrinated by extreme liberals?

I didn’t encounter much indoctrination, but it has been a long time since I attended undergraduate school. Probably things have gotten lot worse since then.

Nevertheless, my impression is that there’s little indoctrination in practical or technical subjects like STEM, business, economics and law. The graduate student who taught my freshman English seminar at Penn was an extreme liberal. If your kid majors in English, there will probably be a lot of indoctrination.

So indoctrination avoidance is more a matter of major than it is of choice of school.

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But remember that peer pressure at college can even turn a hardened Jew-hating white nationalist into an extreme liberal. Not that I endorse hating Jews.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 27, 2017 at EST pm

Posted in Education

This is a comment worth remembering

“Hermes” writes:

Remember the mainstream, nurture-over-nature view of intelligence, which is that it’s a product of education. People think that getting a college degree makes you smarter, and if you’re still dumb after going to college, you didn’t study hard enough or it wasn’t a “good school.”

I think that many readers of HBD blogs don’t realize that the vast majority of people believe exactly what Hermes says they do.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 27, 2017 at EST am

Posted in Education

The constitutional right to private school

When I saw an article in the Atlantic with the headline of Are Private Schools Immoral? (the article is HBD-denialist crap), it seemed obvious to me that the nest phase in social justice warriorism would be to ban private schools.

But then I remembered the Supreme Court case Pierce v. Society of Sisters (1925) which held that parents have a constitutional right under the Fourteenth Amendment to send their children to private school. It was a 9-0 opinion too.

SJWs are out of luck here. But maybe they could impose high taxes on private schools, making them impractically expensive for all but the richest of the rich?

Or maybe SJWs can win this battle by creating a strong enough perception that parents who send their children to private schools are racist such that parents will get fired from their jobs for doing that.

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Best comment, from Lion of the Turambar:

As some one who has paid for private school it is one of the best purchases you can make.

People driving around in a Lexus SUVs taking their kids to public school have the wrong priorities.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 16, 2017 at EST am

Posted in Education

Secret to success in the arts

https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/the-secret-recipe-for-success-in-the-arts/#!

The woman who wrote this article (and a previous article) has some valuable observations that most people are unaware of (although people who read this blog will not be surprised).

If you meet someone who appears to be “successful” in an artistic field, it’s probably because they have rich parents, or a spouse who makes enough money that they don’t mind that their marriage partner isn’t contributing anything economically to the marriage.

A college degree in art is a pretty crappy deal. After spending $150,000 to $250,000 to get a degree, you wind up making $25,000/year as an artist, if you are lucky.

So in conclusion, does the author recommend that people major in something practical like computer programming or HVAC? Nope, instead she demands that society change its ways so that people who don’t have rich parents can still have a career as artists:

• universal healthcare;
• universal care for children, seniors, and those with special needs;
• free education and vocational programs for all, from preschool through graduate school;
• affordable housing for all;
• redistribution of wealth through taxation, reparations, and universal basic incomes;

Back when I was a libertarian, I would have been outraged. But now that I realize that robots are replacing human workers, and we have a post-scarcity economy, so I just have minor nitpicks. Such as:

Affordable housing: Housing is very affordable if you want to live in a mobile home on the outskirts of a prole city in flyover country. But because there’s a zero sum game of people wanting to live in the most desirable neighborhoods (including artsy neighborhoods like Chelsea or Williamsburg if we are talking about the NYC area), those neighborhoods are never going to be affordable. Someone should establish a mobile home coop for artists in a place like Reno, Nevada.

But since a basic income and free college is definitely not going to happen during the next decade, it would be good advice for young people whose parents aren’t rich to not spend a lot of money for college and to major in something practical. Someone needs to say “sorry, if your parents aren’t rich, then you can’t do something cool and fun with your life.”

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 8, 2017 at EST pm

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