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University of Chicago replaces SAT/ACT scores with two-minute video

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No, it’s not an April Fool’s joke! And yes, it seems like I’ve had to say that multiple times this month.

The University of Chicago on Thursday morning announced that it was dropping the requirement that all undergraduate applicants submit SAT or ACT scores.

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In addition, the university announced a new program in which it will invite students to submit a two-minute video introduction of themselves.

We now live in a world where how good you look on video is more important for getting into an elite college than reading comprehension or math abilities!

For parents, be advised, plastic surgery and acting classes are a lot more important for your children’s future than scholastic prep! Seriously!

Also, a personal trainer for your kids so they look nice and fit is also advised.

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Socially extinct write in a comment:

University finally teaches these kids something about the real work world. ’bout time!

Right, this is what I’ve been saying for a long time, getting promoted at corporations is more about looking good, being liked by those who can promote you, and creating the perception that you’re senior manager material than doing any real work or creating real value. The complete opposite of how libertarian economists think the world works.

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June 16, 2018 at EDT am

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Good stuff from the AA lawsuit against Harvard

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Harvard consistently rated Asian-American applicants lower than others on traits like “positive personality,” likability, courage, kindness and being “widely respected,” according to an analysis of more than 160,000 student records filed Friday by a group representing Asian-American students in a lawsuit against the university.

Asian-Americans scored higher than applicants of any other racial or ethnic group on admissions measures like test scores, grades and extracurricular activities, according to the analysis commissioned by a group that opposes all race-based admissions criteria. But the students’ personal ratings significantly dragged down their chances of being admitted, the analysis found.

If Harvard selected applicants based only on academic merit, and not on legacies, athletics, personality, and race, Asians would be 43% of Harvard students instead of only 19%.

Whatever you think about the desirability of Harvard being 43% Asian (I don’t go there, never graduated from there, so I guess it neither benefits me or hurts me), imagine the massive outrage there would be if blacks were systematically discriminated against like that based on subjective factors.

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June 15, 2018 at EDT pm

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The New York Times hates boys

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Instead of there being any outrage at all that girls (defined as up to the 8th grade) outperform boys by three-quarters of a grade level in English and language arts, this article is obsessed about a much smaller outperformance by boys in math, and only for boys from “richer families.”

The anti-male explanation is that richer families enforce gender roles more than poorer families. Apparently the people who wrote the article think it’s a problem that girls don’t outperform boys at all subjects and at all levels of family wealth.

The Lion explanation is that boys from poorer families don’t have the patience to perform up to their natural level in math, and boys from richer families have more patience to learn, a combination of better role modelling from their parents, and possibly medicinal in nature because they are more likely to be taking Ritalin.

The Lion will also point out that boys skyrocket past girls in math ability after the 8th grade, and my explanation is that girls enter puberty before boys and puberty suppresses the growth of the brain’s math ability. Or there’s some similar explanation involving hormones and biological differences between the sexes. However, the stereotype is that nerdy-looking boys do well in math, and not the early-maturing more masculine boys whose bodies are full of testosterone.

Actually, even before puberty, we can see that boys do better than girls in the sense that, given girls greater propensity for following instructions and doing their homework like good little girls, they would also outperform boys on math tests if there was equal inherent math ability.

I am reminded of an English nursery rhyme from the early 1800s:

What are little boys made of?
What are little boys made of?
Frogs and snails,
And puppy-dogs’ tails;
That’s what little boys are made of.

What are little girls made of?
What are little girls made of?
Sugar and spice,
And all that’s nice;
That’s what little girls are made of.

Behavior differences between boys and girls have long been observed!

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June 13, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in Education

Asians protesting De Blasio

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Asian groups are pissed off about De Blasio’s plan to wreck Stuyvesant and Bronx Science by diversifying them. Stuyvesant is currently 73% Asian and only 19% white. So even though Stuyvesant is only 19% white, it’s still not considered diverse because “diversity” comes from blacks and Hispanics, not from Asians. No one ever says the NBA needs more diversity because it’s 74% black.

If Republicans were smart (which they are not) they would take advantage and try to encourage this fissure in the Democratic coalition of minorities where Asians get the short end of the stick.

The need for HBD

I found this in a comment at another site:

“While black and Hispanic students account for 67 percent of public school students, they only made up 10 percent of the offers at these specialized high schools in the most recent school year. Asian-Americans, who make up 16 percent of public school students, received 52 percent of the offers in the past year.”

it’s by definition not an equitable situation, unless you assume that some races are innately more intelligent or are more high achieving than others. which is not the case, there are no individual differences that are based in race as race is not a biological but a socially constructed category.

Well that’s exactly the case, Asians have genetically higher IQ so obviously they are going to rock the admissions test compared to blacks who have genetically lower IQ. And that’s why schools like Stuyvesant with test-based admissions are such a good thing for education. Kids learn best when they are with other kids at their level. When dumb kids are thrown in with smart, the instruction gets reduced to the level of the dumb kids, and the brains of the smart kids are allowed to go to waste.

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June 6, 2018 at EDT pm

Update on Emma Gonzalez and bullying

1. I never said that she was the ringleader of anti-Cruz bullying, only that my impression is that she knew about it and participated in it at least occasionally. I am pretty sure that what she euphemistically calls “ostracizing” Cruz interpreted as bullying.

2. I never said that Cruz was a great kid. He clearly had behavioral problems, but still he was just a kid, he didn’t deserve to be ruthlessly punished by a Lord-of-the-Flies type of gang.

Someone like him probably shouldn’t have been mainstreamed in a regular school. Separating kids like Cruz is a win-win situation for everybody. His behavioral problems don’t hold back the better behaved kids from learning, and he’s better protected from the bullying which causes whatever problems he has to become that much worse.

3. There have been commenters who extolled the benefits of boys being able to fight each other. I don’t see how that would have helped Cruz, who if he got into a fight would have just gotten beaten up. And perhaps he did get beat up.

4. Huge schools with a thousand or more kids is not how humans evolved. Until about two centuries ago at the most, children spent most of the time with their parents, mostly their mothers but boys would spend time with their fathers and other men as they got older, and were apprenticed into doing value-creating work.

5. None of this has anything to do with guns. But yeah, if Cruz hadn’t been able to obtain guns, he probably wouldn’t have had the courage to go on a violent rampage which would have been a lot less deadly without guns.

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April 2, 2018 at EDT am

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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.

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December 31, 2017 at EDT 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 EDT 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!

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December 30, 2017 at EDT pm

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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.

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December 30, 2017 at EDT am

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

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.

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December 29, 2017 at EDT am

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