Friday, July 16, 2010

To Be Young, Gifted, and White

While it is not very surprsing that "whites from lower-class backgrounds incurred a huge admissions disadvantage not only in comparison to lower-class minority students, but compared to whites from middle-class and upper-middle-class backgrounds as well" when applying to private colleges, Steve Sailer quotes Russell K. Nieli as coming across something "truly shocking even to this hardened veteran of the campus ideological and cultural wars" — How to get into college. Here it is:
    Participation in such Red State activities as high school ROTC, 4-H clubs, or the Future Farmers of America was found to reduce very substantially a student's chances of gaining admission to the competitive private colleges in the NSCE database on an all-other-things-considered basis. The admissions disadvantage was greatest for those in leadership positions in these activities or those winning honors and awards. "Being an officer or winning awards" for such career-oriented activities as junior ROTC, 4-H, or Future Farmers of America, say Espenshade and Radford, "has a significantly negative association with admission outcomes at highly selective institutions." Excelling in these activities "is associated with 60 or 65 percent lower odds of admission."
[Full disclosure, this blogger is white, was a member of the Future Farmers of America (a dream deferred), and went to public schools.]

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steve Sailer's article is highly tendentious, and flawed.

College admissions officers are always wary of students who don't fit in, and have a horrible time at their college, an example being the Unabomber, who never really made friends at Ha'va'd. Some people are better off going to a less prestigious school where they will feel happy and thrive, than to a a school where they will feel out of place.

It says a lot about Steve Sailer, and the caliber of his analyses, that he overlooks the fact that 4H, FFA, and JROTC all channel high schoolers into middle to lower middle class occupations. As the saying goes, crime doesn't pay, and neither does farming. Don't overlook the fact that the kids who make great grades in HS are not always those who make good grades in college; because in high school hard work can make up for less talent much more so than at college. I would bet good money that less priviliged high schoolers who do extremely well in math club, chess club, or other predictors of robust academic potential are not discriminated against in the same fashion.

5:53 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Very good points, but as they article mentions, less privileged whites don't get the scholarships becuase poor minorities "count twice," as economically disadvantaged and as "people of color" as they now call themselves.

6:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This may be the price that must be paid to keep minorities somewhat vested in the system, and avoid race riots.

The real betrayal lies not here, but in the non-enforcement of American immigration law, in which "Catholic Conservatives" like Sam "the flunky" Brownback connive, pious bullcrap notwithstanding, at the behest of their cheapest-labor-seeking bo$$e$.

8:46 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Fully agree. It looks like I may have fallen for what my leftist friends used to call "a diversionary tactic."

It took Pat Buchanan quoting Booker T. Washington to convince me that what you say, and not what our bishops are saying, is right.

Somewhere on this blog, someone was quoted as noting how ridiculous it is to offer affirmative action to the descendants of those who chose to come to America from our sister republics south of the Rio Grande.

9:31 PM  
Anonymous m.z. said...

One has to be careful when evaluating ternary and beyond factors. While I'm sure the authors of the study are methodologically sound, we must keep in mind that we are speaking of marginal cases. The predominant factors in deciding admission are grade point and ACT(SAT). I still remember watching a program where a young girl was claiming her application was rejected to the University of Michigan because she wasn't a minority. She had a 4.0. She was head of the cheerleading squad. Oh, and she had a 19 ACT. A 19 ACT is a pretty mediocre score. Competitive schools generally want a 23 and have a number of students in the 30s.

10:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps the most satisfying way to look at the affirmative action programs at top tier schools is to look at them through the eyes of a hardcore white supremacist.

By the 60s it had become clear that the US stood to have chronic race problems, and that the presence of the international press made finding solutions more subtle than those practiced in Deep South imperative.

One answer, arguably, were the drug laws promulgated in the early 70s. But when you deal with chronically problematic bunches of people, the first order of business is, as with snakes, to permanently sever the head from the body. In every crowd it is only a small minority that has the intellectual gifts to make good leaders, once they are neutralised, the rest of the crowd is as dangerous as a headless chicken.

It was at about the same time that affirmative action programs were instituted at America's elite schools, taking in the most talented members of the minorities. At these elite schools, these minority members have markedly lower intellectual capacities, (SAT is not nearly as much a proxy for education as it is for innate mental gifts), and much more markedly inferior educations; when they get to the elite schools, they don't have a chance of keeping up with their peers, and have to survive by taking BS courses like sociology, which they pass with lots of after hours tutoring for the "disadvantaged," not even trying to understand their peers' intellectual pursuits, and knowing that their contributions in class are pathetic. A few have had the education to pull even with their peers, but for most of them, their abilities and achievements are so crassly inferior that there is no mistaking it. Even if they theoretically could do well in many of their classes, they haven't had the prerequisite education to understand the coursework to a meaningful degree.

This is a great way to humiliate people, and instill in them a permanent inferiority complex. It used to be that people were hazed on campuses, but then got a turn at hazing others the next year. These people are humiliated for four years, and then for the rest of their life, as they scramble to find jobs as "tokens."

And best of all, by giving them stolen goods, jobs they know they don't deserve, they tie the potential troublemakers into the system, and make them loath to rock the boat. The more they talk about being "people of color" and the more they talk about fighting the "power system" the more you know that they are incompetent, and have been conditioned to sell out with the ease of a veteran streetwalker.

Now if Louis Farrakhan had been admitted to Harvard, he'd be a second rate GP working fulltime on becoming ever more smug, rather than pumping his vile conspiracies theories into the diot minds of his epigones and other disciples in America's ghettos.

11:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The danger of this Machiavellian scheme, however, is, that the occasional Mulatto with a truly pathological degree of self-esteem may slip through the program without understanding its intent, and, even worse, convince others that he is the Messiah.

12:11 AM  

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