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Sunday, December 23, 2018

Social Justice meritocracy

Gun control gadfly David Hogg was accepted by Harvard University's admissions department despite possessing one of the lowest SAT scores in its 2018 freshman class:
Just when you thought (or, more likely, hoped) that David Hogg was a permanent page in the Where-Are-They-Now file, he pops up again. Now we learn that come fall, 2018, Hogg goes to Harvard.

Hold on — didn’t we recently hear how poor David got rejected from not one, not two, but four California schools? Even though his GPA of 4.2 and SAT scores of 1270 were pretty much in the ballpark of these schools, they still rejected him.
The average SAT score composite at Harvard is 1520. This is explicit evidence of the exclusion of the cognitive elite at even the most prestigious universities. It's also an indication of the continuing intellectual decline of the US ruling class, as we're rapidly approaching the point where the dissidents are not one, but two standard deviations more intelligent than their societal superiors.

This is not a sustainable situation. Only time will tell if the eventual outcome is revolution or a Khmer Rouge-style campaign against everyone who owns more than this many (holds up two hands) books.

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53 Comments:

Blogger Shimshon December 23, 2018 5:58 AM  

Is the disparity to the pre-1994 renorming still 100 points, or has it widened further since?

GPA 4.2? I sniff grade inflation.

Blogger Mark Stoval December 23, 2018 6:06 AM  

Harvard takes him despite Hogg possessing one of the lowest SAT scores in its 2018 freshman class even after 4 California schools reject him.

Harvard is fully converged, and the really smart Asian kid who did not make it in because they took Hogg is probably better off. And God knows a decent white kid should never go to such a gathering place of evil.

Blogger VD December 23, 2018 6:12 AM  

The average score in 1991 was 999. The average score in 2018 is 1068. But nearly one million more people take it, so the inflation is almost certainly more than it appears, because the average IQ of the test takers has fallen considerably.

Blogger Dirk Manly December 23, 2018 6:24 AM  

The correction factor is 100 points PER AREA
subtract 100 on Verbal
subtract 100 on Math

Total correction subtract 200 points to get pre-1994 scores.

You can get every single question wrong on the SAT today and get a score of 200.

Blogger Stilicho December 23, 2018 6:25 AM  

They deserve each other

Blogger Matt December 23, 2018 6:25 AM  

How long before he's exposed as a creepy sexual predator?

Blogger The Observer December 23, 2018 6:25 AM  

Bioleninism at work, promoting the weak and idiotic to ensure their absolute loyalty to the system, because they know they wouldn't stand a snowball's chance in hell of getting their positions on merit.

Blogger Shimshon December 23, 2018 6:28 AM  

@4 "You can get every single question wrong on the SAT today and get a score of 200."

Come on Dirk, that was also the case back then.

In any case, turned down by UC? Or CSU? Either way, pretty dim.

Blogger Amethyst Dominica December 23, 2018 6:47 AM  

Remember that scene in the Simpsons where Homer wins a Grammy but isn't happy about it, gives it to his bellboy, and the bellboy tosses it at Homer's forehead complaining that it's "only a Grammy?" Well, a Harvard diploma will one day be the equivalent of that Grammy; a pointless no-prize given to the untalented, an excuse to move a lot of money around and keep a lot of industry hacks employed. It'll basically just be Junior College for the children of the Left Hand Path Cult that runs America.

Blogger The Observer December 23, 2018 6:50 AM  

The usual suspects are at work, mumbling about "how getting good test scores only means you're good at taking tests" and "such tests are worse than noise".

So much cope.

Blogger Dirk Manly December 23, 2018 7:03 AM  

My mistake.
Now you can get everything wrong, and get a score of 400.

My suspicion is that the same sort of thing happened once before, which is why in the 70s and 80's, the lowest possible score was 200. My guess is that it was introduced in the late 60's.

Blogger Dirk Manly December 23, 2018 7:22 AM  

@10

>The usual suspects are at work, mumbling about "how getting good test scores only means you're good at taking tests" and "such tests are worse than noise".

In response to such idiocy, I always ask the following question:

Have you ever met a dummy who is good at taking tests?

At the very least, the person who is "good at taking tests" has a better memory than the person who isn't.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan December 23, 2018 7:24 AM  

Good Harvard and the Ivies deserve him, even the Boomer/GenX cons at FreeRepublic are not doing the usual conservative bellow and instead seeing Harvard as doing an academic own goal.

Blogger Mark Stoval December 23, 2018 7:27 AM  

Dirk,

From Kindergarten on up, we have seen vast grade inflation. Remember the joke, "Lake Woebegon, where every mother's child is above average"?

At our private elementary school, "B" is "average". At a public high school in east Tennessee in the 90s the inflation had just begun. You could still give totally honest grades in upper level math. That makes the kids work harder and do better in college in the long run. But that is over looks like.

Oh well.

Blogger Mordant December 23, 2018 7:27 AM  

Methinks yet just another example of the patriarchy's favoring white males with the Lowest Possible Difficulty Setting.

Blogger Al From Bay Shore December 23, 2018 7:36 AM  

American education has been converged. In my opinion, the infestation happened on the college/ university level. This resulted in the convergence of the teacher and admin. training programs. As a result, K-12 education soon became converged.

In my opinion, this convergence is a complete infestation of anti-reason. In other words, this convergence imposed a type of relativism on thought and the resulting application. In reason there are absolute truths. In relativism, anything can be truth. The convergence of education eliminated instructional practices based on absolute truths and replaced them with relativism. This is the reason why I refuse to use the term "critical thinking" and use "logic" instead. Critical thinking is not defined. Unlike logic there are no series of steps to be learned; that these series of steps (which form a field of study) are a curriculum. Critical thinking lacks these qualities.

Anything which has the term "critical" preceding its name/ title is always subject to reasonable suspicion.

Blogger Dirk Manly December 23, 2018 7:45 AM  

@16

"American education has been converged. In my opinion, the infestation happened on the college/ university level. This resulted in the convergence of the teacher and admin. training programs. As a result, K-12 education soon became converged."


I attribute it primarily to the Vietnam War policy of deferments of military service for any draft-age male enrolled in college. The teaching departments REALLY lowered their standards, and let practically anybody transfer in who would have otherwise flunked out if they stayed in their original majors. This alone caused a leftward bias -- the more a major requires that a student learn how to come up with the one, unique, correct answer, the fewer lefties make it to graduation. In schools of education, there are even fewer "hard facts" than in even sociology, psychology, and communications.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan December 23, 2018 7:48 AM  

Just a reminder while the entry's subject is the usual conservative boob bait of an establishment seeking to provoke the usual conservative outrage and essays BS, it is Vox's commentary about how much more intelligent the dissident faction is versus the establishment faction.

Hopefully we get more shitlord dissidence than the usual spergy bow tie conservatism of trying to fit the square peg of liberalism into the round hole of reality.

Blogger ZhukovG December 23, 2018 7:53 AM  

Again, Satan took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. "All this I will give You", he said, "if You will fall down and worship me."

Matthew 4:8,9

Blogger Al From Bay Shore December 23, 2018 8:01 AM  

@17 I am entertaining the idea that we are in a war against "anti-reason"; that the entire notion of reason is Aristotle and everything else that followed (a continuum; ie. Peter The Hermit, William of Shyreswood). In opposition to this is a set of ideas built off Kant's attempt to challenge reason in order to protect belief in God. Kant set in motion a set of ideas that would challenge the use of reason in realms not related to belief in God.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, studying under this continuum (the German school) was "in vogue" and American intellectuals in various fields of study fell under the sway of the anti-reason continuum - this is what some call "postmodernism".

Ayn Rand called out Berkeley's "Free Speech Movement" properly. She correctly insinuated it to be more about mysticism than about reason. I am entertaining the idea that the American intellectuals in the colleges and universities were profs and admins influenced by the German school (I could be wrong; this is a mere hypothesis).

We may be seeing the consequences of the infestation of the German school and how it supplanted the Aristotelian continuum.

The more I think about this, the more I am in awe of the Monty Python skit about a soccer game between the Greek philosophers and the German philosophers. I am of the belief that those two sides were chosen for a specific reason.

Blogger John Russo December 23, 2018 8:06 AM  

He's the first White male to benefit from affirmative action regarding college admissions. He isn't your typical white male, he's the desired neutered gun grabbing libtard that they covet. Therefore his skin color is dismissed.

Blogger Cataline Sergius December 23, 2018 8:12 AM  

Look at it from Harvard's standpoint. If they didn't accept this prize catch of a young man, Yale would have snatched him away.

Blogger Slen December 23, 2018 8:20 AM  

Just another example of White Privilege, eh Harvard?

Blogger Franz Lyonheart December 23, 2018 8:25 AM  

How long before he's exposed as a creepy sexual predator?

Well, he's already out as a pervy (((fag))).

Blogger Steve Canyon December 23, 2018 8:27 AM  

Dubya got an MBA there, Soetoro went to law school there as well. Both fellow mental titans.

Only reason they want smart proles there is to give the illusion that they attract only the best and the brightest in order to lend intellectual credibility to the dullards of the ruling class.

Blogger OGRE December 23, 2018 8:36 AM  

Heres the thing, we know Hogg was rejected by some of the mid-range schools in the Cal State system, and we can assume he then applied to more schools after this initial round of rejection. But in what universe does someone who gets rejected by CSU Long Beach think he should then apply to Ivy League schools? Harvard wouldn't even register as a long shot option at that point; theres just no chance of getting accepted. You wouldn't even fill out the application as rejection would be a foregone conclusion.

Thus, we can conclude that he either didn't apply to Harvard and was accepted anyways, or he was invited to apply and told he would be accepted (or at least had a very good chance of acceptance) . In other words, somebody at Harvard reached out to him. Harvard wanted him and went out and got him. It wasn't Hogg trying to get in to Harvard, it was Harvard telling Hogg "apply and you'll get in."

Blogger Al From Bay Shore December 23, 2018 8:41 AM  

I think Harvard was started by Puritans. The Puritans were into that John Locke "thingy" and were counted among those who held the same beliefs as the Roundheads. If this be true then the founders of Harvard are rolling over in their graves.

Blogger Robert Coble December 23, 2018 9:04 AM  

As long as there is a U. S. Dept. of Education, accelerating the downward trend, the free-fall will continue until it smacks into hard reality at the bottom.

Blogger CynicalMan December 23, 2018 9:22 AM  

Following in the steps of great community organizers before him. Probably funded by the same groups. Watch for this one to be promoted into politics. Isn't Harvard a big
Islamist center?

Blogger Pierre Truc December 23, 2018 9:23 AM  

Al From Bay Shore wrote:@17 I am entertaining the idea that we are in a war against "anti-reason"

Pompous losers and underachievers find objective performance metrics like SAT scores oppressive and triggering.

Narcissistic idiots find anything that can prove them wrong (like logic and reason) oppressive and triggering.

Is it any wonder then that leftists want to eliminate or pervert SAT scores, and replace reason with subjective and relativist garbage?...

Blogger stats December 23, 2018 9:57 AM  

The average SAT score composite at Harvard is 1520. This is explicit evidence of the exclusion of the cognitive elite at even the most prestigious universities.

What? The highest composite score possible is 1600. A composite score of 1520 suggest to you that Harvard is turning away the best and brightest? Could you explain?

Blogger Ned December 23, 2018 10:24 AM  

I didn't realize Harvard had degrees on exercise physiology.

Blogger Dave December 23, 2018 11:10 AM  

stats wrote:The average SAT score composite at Harvard is 1520. This is explicit evidence of the exclusion of the cognitive elite at even the most prestigious universities.

What? The highest composite score possible is 1600. A composite score of 1520 suggest to you that Harvard is turning away the best and brightest? Could you explain?


He's obviously referring to Hogg's acceptance to Harvard as indicated by the first sentence of the OP.

Blogger kurt9 December 23, 2018 11:49 AM  

Hogg's acceptance into Harvard despite his low SAT score is further evidence of the continued decline of the Ivy League. What most outsiders are not aware of is the proportion of Ivy League graduates that go into academic careers rather than private industry careers has increased dramatically over the past 30 years. 30 years ago 70% of the graduates went into private industry and 30% went into academics. Today its the reverse. I don't know the situation at Stanford. But I suspect it has declined as well. My prediction is that it will be the top tech schools (CalTech, MIT, etc.) that will be considered the "best" universities in the U.S. by 2030 and there after.

Blogger kurt9 December 23, 2018 11:50 AM  

Didn't David Hogg skip out on student loans from a previous university?

Blogger Michael Maier December 23, 2018 12:03 PM  

I probably could have gotten into Harvard. Legacy, high test scores. Glad I didn't apply. I probably would have become a dipshit libtard incel NPC.

Dr. Thomas Sowell said the best thing about attending Harvard is that you will never be impressed by someone with a Harvard degree.

I just read that and skipped attending to get the best thing.

Blogger Salt December 23, 2018 12:16 PM  

The Harvard Hogg, has a ring to it.

Blogger justaguy December 23, 2018 12:16 PM  

If Harvard wants to publicly discredit its brand, let it. While there are many places for a very smart STEM majors to go where they can ignore the propaganda as an easy class to study for the real ones-- do :liberal arts" majors have a way to actually learn anything at any top college? If you are smart and your brain isn't wired for STEM (pretty much a requirement not to be miserable at it), I guess finance side business and law still have careers, are basically meritocratic and maybe one can actually learn something about them at a top university but...

While more and more of the government, academia are becoming less merit based, as is obvious from H's campaign, ability still matters-- incompetence is its own reward.

Blogger DonReynolds December 23, 2018 12:21 PM  

All societies are stratified and generally there are multiple layers, not quiet pyramid in shape. The many are separated into their own rows and columns and there are always those on the very bottom. The many also hold up the top, which always ends up being a coalition or alliance in threes or more.

In Soviet Russia, the top three were the military, the KGB, and the communist party. To the rest of the world, the top had considerable unity of purpose, but there was considerable friction and competition between the three.

The historic three at the top in a Western country would be the Church, the Military (Aristocracy), and Trade (Money), each with their own filters to allow or keep out....based on accident of birth, or ability, or favor, or guile. Yes, the filters can be corrupted by money and/or influence, as well as the needs of the times. Knighthood was always easier to obtain before a big battle. Money and sex have opened a good many doors that otherwise could not be opened. Then there is ability, which may end up being an outlaw or a pirate or a traitor or a revolutionary or an artist. Mao was a librarian, Lenin was an attorney. Churchill and Hitler were both artists.

Blogger DonReynolds December 23, 2018 12:31 PM  

Michael Maier wrote:I probably could have gotten into Harvard. Legacy, high test scores. Glad I didn't apply. I probably would have become a dipshit libtard incel NPC.

Dr. Thomas Sowell said the best thing about attending Harvard is that you will never be impressed by someone with a Harvard degree.

I just read that and skipped attending to get the best thing.


JFK always said he had the best of worlds....a Harvard education and a Yale degree.

Blogger Purge187 December 23, 2018 12:43 PM  

Camera Hogg.

Blogger Kevin Blackwell December 23, 2018 12:56 PM  

He was accepted, but how's he going to pay for it? He might get what he deserves. Or not.

Blogger Francis Parker Yockey December 23, 2018 1:21 PM  

It's also an indication of the continuing intellectual of the US ruling class

Looks like a word (decline?) got dropped there.

Blogger seeingsights December 23, 2018 1:48 PM  

It's also an example of recruiting by the Establishment. Mr. Hogg was accepted into Harvard because he is a gun control activist.
I attended a second tier college in the early 90s. One day in the mail I received an invitation to study international affairs at Oxford.
I was at first excited, but then declined. Even back then, I decided I was not going to sell out.
I could have been a neo con hack like Max Boot or Jennifer Rubin.

Blogger Dirk Manly December 23, 2018 2:03 PM  

@31

"
What? The highest composite score possible is 1600. A composite score of 1520 suggest to you that Harvard is turning away the best and brightest? Could you explain?"

How do you think they're making room for blacks and hispanics who can read words, but fail at reading comprehension beyond the sentence level?

Blogger Dirk Manly December 23, 2018 2:13 PM  

@43

"He was accepted, but how's he going to pay for it? He might get what he deserves. Or not."

They will literally throw money at him.

Tuition, Fees, Room & Board, plus a living stipend. Count on it.

Blogger Duke Norfolk December 23, 2018 2:30 PM  

As they continue to destroy the capital (of all types) that was built up in this country.

What could go wrong?

Blogger Verne December 23, 2018 4:58 PM  

He was turned down by UC Berkley and UCLA. A lesser UC might have taken him. A CSU would have. Obviously his high school is not highly respected. His 4.2 was not thought much of. His FBI father seems to have limitless money for tuition.

Blogger Daniel December 23, 2018 6:19 PM  

>>Hogg's acceptance into Harvard despite his low SAT score is further evidence of the continued decline of the Ivy League.

Hogg's 1280 is not low, not awesome, but pretty good. It probably correlates to an IQ of around 115-120. Good enough IQ to master any Harvard curriculum excepting Math, Philosophy or Literature. If he understands that he was gifted this opportunity, keeps his mouth shut and studies hard, he can set himself up for rewarding professional and personal opportunities.

Blogger SciVo December 23, 2018 7:20 PM  

stats wrote:What? The highest composite score possible is 1600. A composite score of 1520 suggest to you that Harvard is turning away the best and brightest? Could you explain?

Consider an IQ test where the toughest questions are really not that hard, so that someone in the 99th percentile could get them all right. Then it would not be able to distinguish between a 1/100 IQ and a 1/1,000,000 IQ.

Although SAT results no longer correspond with IQ test results, the redesign presumably made it easier, as its explicit purpose was to make brown and black students look better (because IQ tests are "racist"). As they do not include a decimal in the percentile result, and it seems reasonable that they would if it were meaningful, we may infer that even a perfect score can no longer distinguish within the top 1%.

I leave it as an exercise for the reader to compare 1% of SAT test-takers in any given year with the number of matriculating Harvard freshmen, and deduce what such a low average score as 1520 says about how cognitively "elite" they are.

Blogger MB December 23, 2018 7:31 PM  

"He's the first White male to benefit from affirmative action regarding college admissions".
Indeed I'm wondering if this is Harvard's answer to being sued over affirmative action. Make it clear, by a well-publicized gesture, that admission to Harvard has nothing to do with academic performance or some sort of merit. Then they can admit whomever they want using whatever criteria they want and nobody can sue them over it.

Blogger SciVo December 23, 2018 8:08 PM  

This is not a sustainable situation. Only time will tell if the eventual outcome is revolution or a Khmer Rouge-style campaign against everyone who owns more than this many (holds up two hands) books.

The former. But it would be rude to repay the God-Emperor's sacrifices on our behalf by starting it on his watch, so probably not for another couple years.

Blogger Kerryman86 December 24, 2018 1:42 PM  

the Stakhonovite movement
Alexsei Grigoryevich Stakhanov (Russian: Алексе́й Григо́рьевич Стаха́нов; 3 January 1906 – 5 November 1977) was a Russian Soviet miner, Hero of Socialist Labor (1970), and a member of the CPSU (1936). He became a celebrity in 1935 as part of what became known as the Stakhanovite movement – a campaign intended to increase worker productivity and to demonstrate the superiority of the socialist economic system.
Stakhanov was born in Lugovaya, a village near Livny, Oryol Governorate, in 1906. He began working in a mine called "Tsentralnaya-Irmino" in Kadievka (Donbass). In 1933, Stakhanov became a jackhammer operator. In 1935, he took a local course in mining. On 31 August 1935, it was reported that he had mined a record 102 tonnes of coal in 5 hours and 45 minutes (14 times his quota).[2]

On 19 September, Stakhanov was reported to have set a new record by mining 227 tonnes of coal in a single shift. His example was held up in newspapers and posters as a model for others to follow, and he appeared on the cover of Time magazine in the United States.
David Hogg is the cultural marxist equivalent of Alexie Stakhonov, a symbol to fool the masses into believing the ideology blindly enough and you will be rewarded and lionized, paraded around as a hero of the revolution

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