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From the New York Times:

Louisiana School Made Headlines for Sending Black Kids to Elite Colleges. Here’s the Reality.

T.M. Landry, a school in small-town Louisiana, has garnered national attention for vaulting its underprivileged black students to elite colleges. But the school cut corners and doctored college applications.

By Erica L. Green and Katie Benner, Nov. 30, 2018

BREAUX BRIDGE, La. — Bryson Sassau’s application would inspire any college admissions officer.

A founder of T.M. Landry College Preparatory School described him as a “bright, energetic, compassionate and genuinely well-rounded” student whose alcoholic father had beaten him and his mother and had denied them money for food and shelter. His transcript “speaks for itself,” the founder, Tracey Landry, wrote, but Mr. Sassau should also be lauded for founding a community service program, the Dry House, to help the children of abusive and alcoholic parents. He took four years of honors English, the application said, was a baseball M.V.P. and earned high honors in the “Mathematics Olympiad.”

The narrative earned Mr. Sassau acceptance to St. John’s University in New York. There was one problem: None of it was true.

“I was just a small piece in a whole fathom of lies,” Mr. Sassau said.

T.M. Landry has become a viral Cinderella story, a small school run by Michael Landry, a teacher and former salesman, and his wife, Ms. Landry, a nurse, whose predominantly black, working-class students have escaped the rural South for the nation’s most elite colleges. A video of a 16-year-old student opening his Harvard acceptance letter last year has been viewed more than eight million times. Other Landry students went on to Yale, Brown, Princeton, Stanford, Columbia, Dartmouth, Cornell and Wesleyan.

Landry success stories have been splashed in the past two years on the “Today” show, “Ellen” and the “CBS This Morning.” Education professionals extol T.M. Landry and its 100 or so kindergarten-through-12th-grade students as an example for other Louisiana schools. Wealthy supporters have pushed the Landrys, who have little educational training, to expand to other cities. Small donors, heartened by the web videos, send in a steady stream of cash.

T.M. Landry College Prep, a small private school in Louisiana, boasted about its record of sending black students from working-class families to top universities. But there’s more to the story.

In reality, the school falsified transcripts, made up student accomplishments and mined the worst stereotypes of black America to manufacture up-from-hardship tales that it sold to Ivy League schools hungry for diversity. The Landrys also fostered a culture of fear with physical and emotional abuse, students and teachers said. Students were forced to kneel on rice, rocks and hot pavement, and were choked, yelled at and berated.

By the end of the article, it’s pretty clear that Mr. Landry suffers from that kind of black megalomania that probably doesn’t have its own DSM code, but seems to be a Thing.

His strategy, though, made a fair amount of sense: don’t teach much of anything other than ACT test prep and just make up transcripts, extracurriculars, and recommendations as needed to hoodwink college admissions departments. Then as your students get into Harvard et al, use their success to go out and recruit better students and more donations.

Landry was a little too crazy to pull this off successfully, but I bet a few now prestigious schools went through a fake-it-till-you-make-it phase in their pasts not unwholly like this.

 
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  1. Anon[121] • Disclaimer says:

    Race-ism is truth.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
  2. Anon[121] • Disclaimer says:

    How to create a successful black school.

    In the US, there is one-drop rule.

    So, take in only mixed-race blacks who must be no more than 25% black.

    Especially recruit black kids with Jewish blood.

    A school filled with blacks who are, say, 80% white will surely do pretty well.

    But technically anyway, it will be All Black.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    , @Anon
    , @El Dato
  3. Anonymous[276] • Disclaimer says:
    • Replies: @Sean
  4. Ibound1 says:

    He fooled Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, Stanford, Dartmouth and Columbia? That is genius. He has proved what we all knew: what an absolute fraud American liberal institutions have become. This guy is my new hero.

  5. Whyvert says:

    And in related iSteve convergence news, Ta-Nehisi Coates is said to be writing the script for a movie about the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal.

    • LOL: Mr. Rational
  6. Will anyone think of the poor screenwriters in Hollywood writing a script based on this school?

  7. Anonymous[330] • Disclaimer says:

    It’s so easy to come away with the right lesson from all this, though:

  8. @Anon

    But everybody else wants the high scoring black kids too.

    • Replies: @Different Anon
  9. The portrayal of jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in US entertainment media offers mixed messages to girls and women. This is the conclusion of an analysis by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, a non-profit organization supported by Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles, California, and the Lyda Hill Foundation, a private science funder in Dallas, Texas.

    The longitudinal study examined STEM characters in film and television and found that the media largely reinforces the narrative that scientists are white men. Male STEM characters outnumber female ones by 62.9% to 37.1%, and most STEM characters — 71.2% — are white. The study also found that films and television shows perpetuate the myth that some scientific disciplines are inappropriate for women. For example, compared with men, there are fewer female physical scientists (6.4% to 11.8%), computer scientists (8.6% to 11.5%) and engineers (2.4% compared to 13.7%) on the screen.

    https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-07512-9

  10. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:

    Guess this writer doesn’t realize that All college applications are doctored, corners are slashed off with an axe and that they are all a fathom of lies, whatever a fathom of lies is.

    I realize that admissions officers don’t know how many hours there are in a week, how many hours a week the average person sleeps and are unable to add hours of sleep, hours in school and hours claimed for the extensive social work do gooder crap and endless athletic musical and school club activities
    demanded by the a$$hole colleges. I saw a Harvard statement that at least 27 activities were needed for consideration.

    If the anti White admissions scum could add the hours claimed for activities with the endless hours of homework and a minimum of 42 hours a week sleep, they would know every application is a mass of lies.

    Then there’s the Mien Kampf my greatest struggle essay and the Why I Want To Go to Hate Whitey Commie U essay.

    “ I want to attend Hate Whitey U so I can make the world safe for trans gender, open the borders to any person who wants in while at the same time returning the land to the Indians and abolish White Privilege by abolishing the White race.”””

    The whole thing is such a crock. The more an applicant lies and hits the current PC virtues the easier it is to get in.

    Or just enjoy your teen years. Do only activities you enjoy, take easy courses, get a C average check the black box have someone write a BS mass of lies application and get in anywhere with a full scholarship.

    • Replies: @El Dato
    , @Jack D
  11. anonymous[308] • Disclaimer says:

    yeah my read of that was the opposite of what the NYT tried to convey.

    EVERY black student at Weseleyan is going to be laughably inferior to her peers (way worse than Harvard, eg, since white Weseleyan students will be close to Harvard whites while Harvard gets competent blacks and Weseleyan…has to dig *deep* to find blacks who even want to go there).

    Hard physical discipline and drilling the ACT is damn sure an improvement over whatever the hell they’re doing with blacks at louisiana public schools.

    When my sister was in graduate school in New Orleans she volunteered at a local public hs. She found out the Salutatorian who had been showered with scholarships was basically illiterate. Couldn’t write a sentence, much less a paragraph or a paper. She had no idea what she was in for at college.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @Laugh Track
  12. Anon[334] • Disclaimer says:

    This is both sad and funny:

    Asja Jackson, whose Wesleyan University acceptance video also went viral, decided to leave this month after she said she fell into a depression over her first-semester struggles. She said she “froze and failed” her first chemistry tests and walked out of a biology exam. Her papers, she said, were “childish,” and she was too embarrassed to attend a writing workshop.

    She studied and worked through the night, like she had done at T.M. Landry since eighth grade, but she just was not “catching it,” she said. She said she eventually stopped eating, talking to her friends, leaving her room or going to class.

    “I didn’t understand why people around me were doing well, and I wasn’t,” said Ms. Jackson, who took the advice of her dean and started medical leave. “I couldn’t tell my friends because they would say, ‘How did you get into the school then?’ There were too many questions that I couldn’t answer.”

    It’s hilarious how Harvard and the other Ivy League schools got conned by this. Student applications were claiming things like major awards and founding nonprofit organizations, and Harvard didn’t even bother to Google this imaginary stuff as a sanity check.

    It reminds me of the infamous Kashawn Campbell at UC Berkeley. Valedictorian of his high school, but couldn’t write a coherent sentence.

    https://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-c1-cal-freshmen-20130816-dto-htmlstory.html

    In related news Richard Sander, law professor at UCLA and affirmative action critic has sued the UC system for records relating to race and admissions.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/15/us/university-of-california-admissions.html

  13. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    That’s how it worked in the old days for the historically black, actually historically beige colleges.

  14. Anon[136] • Disclaimer says:

    One thing to keep in mind is that for kids in this age group a “grade level” is about a quater to a third of a standard deviation on a standardized test. So you can give the same test to, say, 7th graders and to 10th graders, and the average score will be about 1 SD difference, which is the amount that black students will trail white students in the normal course of events due to the IQ gap.

    In the following excerpt, the kid is two grade levels behind. On average, black kids are two or three grade levels behinds, starting in grade school and continuing through high school. So this is not really evidence against the school in my opinion.

    Also, and this is something that is counterintuitive and thus never seems to stick in people’s heads, but teacher quality has little relation to student outcomes. This was behind the recent Gates Foundation fiasco. We want to believe teachers can inspire students to great heights, but the fact is that students capable of great heights are attracted to and in turn inspire great teachers, the nature of nurture, as Robert Plomin calls it.

    Adam Broussard, a Landry parent, noticed last fall that his 8-year-old, who had attended the school since he was 3, was writing “chicken scratch.”

    An independent assessment at Sylvan Learning Center revealed that Mr. Broussard’s younger son was performing two grade levels behind.

    “I gave him my son for six years, almost every day, 12 months of the year,” Mr. Broussard said of Mr. Landry. “The longer these kids stayed there, the further behind they were.”

    News of the Broussard boy’s low test scores spread last fall, and at least eight parents interviewed by The Times had their own students assessed. Of their 11 students, only two were performing at grade level, while the rest had fallen behind or made no progress.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    , @Mike1
  15. Camlost says:
    @Anonymous

    Will Stancil
    @whstancil
    The real takeaway of this story is that no one thinks twice about letting in a white kid with a decent transcript if they seem like a hard worker, but if you’re poor and black, you better hope you have access to a high school that will fraudulently depicts you as a living miracle

    This is simply a blatant LIE.

    Having gone to a 50% white/50% black high school in North Carolina any of the black students who even scored in the range of 950-1000 on the (old) SAT got mounds and mounds of recruitment attention from the Ivies. My teammate on the HS basketball team scored something like a 1020 and had recruiters from Brown, Dartmouth and other places flying down at their expense to give their recruitment spiel, I had over a 1450+ and didn’t even get a postcard from a single one of them. He attended an HBCU instead. (and this was not an athletic scholarship, he was an average player)

    Had he shown interest in one of those schools they would’ve rolled out the red carpet and given him anything he needed and a full financial aid package, they made that quite clear.

    If you’re a qualified student and black you’re a rare token commodity showered with opportunities.

    • Replies: @Father O'Hara
    , @Marty T
  16. @Steve Sailer

    At the college level, the best post on the math of this is still https://educationrealist.wordpress.com/2013/03/18/why-most-of-the-low-income-strivers-are-white/

    The money quote:

    While Hoxby defined “high achieving” as 1300 SAT M-V, let’s be clear: no white or Asian kid without legacy parents or uncommon athletic or artistic ability has any shot at all at a top 20 school without a GPA of 4.0 or higher and SAT combined score over 1400.

    According to the College Board, however, just 1500 African Americans scored 700 on either the Math or Reading SAT—which means almost certainly fewer than 1500 scored 700 on both.

    The number of African Americans at the top 20 schools, using 2008 data (saved me looking up the individual common data sets), is 2,217.

    Meanwhile, at 35th ranked NYU, 34-42% of their admits received 700 or higher on the Math or Reading SAT, while only 12-14% of the students were accepted with scores below 600 on either section. It’s probably just a coincidence that their Hispanic and black admits combined were 15%? So by 35th ranked NYU, they are reaching down into the 500s. Berkeley, at #21, accepts 3-5% of students with scores in the 400s, but then Cal has a football team.

    Of course, roughly half a million black kids turn 18 in the USA every year, being in the top 2,217 of half a million is (nominally, see article above) the top .5% of all black kids, ignoring foreign admits, of which, as our host has pointed out, there are a lot.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    , @Kratoklastes
  17. “I was just a small piece in a whole fathom of lies,” Mr. Sassau said.

    Google indicates that Bryson Sassau is the first and only person to ever use the expression “fathom of lies.”

    BTW, isn’t it weird to live in a country so racist that millions of white people will swoon over a video of a black kid opening his college acceptance letter and immediately donate money to his school?

  18. Tiny Duck says:

    This is why private and charter schools need to be shut down.

    Interesting that once the kids got there to the Ivy League schools they excelled

    That tells you something right there

    • Troll: Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @NZLex
    , @Ray Huffman
  19. istevefan says:
    @Ibound1

    He fooled Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, Stanford, Dartmouth and Columbia? That is genius.

    He fooled them because they wanted to be fooled.

  20. @Ibound1

    He fooled Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, Stanford, Dartmouth and Columbia? That is genius. He has proved what we all knew: what an absolute fraud American liberal institutions have become. This guy is my new hero.

    All the while dressing in goofy bright green suits like he was comedian Katt Williams. I know enough to be wary of a man in green suit, but then again, I’m not Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, Stanford, Dartmouth and Columbia.

    You have to admire Landry’s Game.

    • Replies: @Ibound1
  21. @Harry Baldwin

    Here’s a black kid you’ll swoon over:

    she’s 9 in this video, 10 now and playing at the Mondavi Center in Davis this month.

    Oops, she’s homeschooled by Christian parents out on a farm. We’ll see how far she gets being 1/2 black.

    For fun: I saw her play at a talent show when she was 4 and a beginner. More poise and dignity than a queen. Her mom is an excellent musician and the other kids are darn good too.

  22. Anon[304] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    Harvard doesn’t care about bona fides. What Harvard cares about is if the student was able to land a scholarship paying full tuition. That way, the money becomes Harvard’s property. If the kid flunks out, Harvard doesn’t care. It’ll just line up another black to grab the same scholarship, which will become available for a new claimant the next year. What Harvard cares about is to keep the gravy train of scholarship money coming into the school. The kids are just the means it uses. You have to see Harvard as an institution that is obsessed with making money to understand this. This is Harvard’s absolute first priority. Educating kids is secondary to them.

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @Anonymous
    , @Jack D
  23. Barnard says:
    @Anonymous

    It doesn’t occur to Will Stancil that the real takeaway is that higher education has become a total joke. The Ivies do not want to flunk out their AA students. Once they admit you, if you are willing to put in a minimal effort in a soft major, you get a degree.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @Stephen Paul Foster
  24. Peterike says:

    But I’m sure that Asian college applications are scrupulously honest.

  25. Anon7 says:

    “…manufacture up-from-hardship tales that it sold to Ivy League schools hungry for diversity.”

    I remember when I read “Never let the truth get in the way of a good story” (Twain) in high school but didn’t see the danger to our republic.

    But who is the story for? I suppose some college admissions officers are gullible enough, but aren’t they just looking for some justification when the black candidates wash out?

    The weakness for stories as opposed to facts used to be a characteristic of poorly educated, weak minded people.

    Consider “Elvis Told Me To Wake Up, Says Coma Gal” (Weekly World News). It’s irresistible, right? Why fact check it.

    See the similarity to “Trump Calls World Leaders At Awkward Times Because He Doesn’t Understand Tine Zones”? If it meets your confirmation bias about Trump, no fact checking is needed.

    The stories sold to these admissions officers tell you everything you need to know about their biases.

  26. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    Absolutely not true. Whites are discriminated against in college applications to an unbelievable extent.

    They turn down Whites who fit the desired profile perfectly in favor of worthless blacks and Hispanics.

    That’s because most Whites, even after 2 generations of affirmative action are still bourgeoises who believe in work hard and you’ll succeed. Hasn’t been true since 1970.

    But bourgeois parents put their kids on the hamster wheel of endless homework, tutoring and endless activities 7/am to 11 pm or later Monday through Friday and 8/am to 10/pm weekends so they can get into a good college and have a good career.

    Not any more not since 1970.

    Hard work high IQ honesty good work ethic means nothing in America. Race is the only criteria used in hiring and college admissions.

    Another affirmative action story. I worked for UCLA. UCLA medical school buildings are built around courtyards. I was eating my lunch in one of these courtyards one day. The table was against the wall of the administrative offices. The door next to me opened a professor and an administrator came out and I heard their conversation clearly.

    The professor said “ but she’s failed every test, badly failed. And she’s completely incompetent in clinical”
    The administrator said “ she’s African American. You have to pass her.”

    I heard them clearly.

    The professor was mid fifties. When she got into medical school the women had to be as good or better than men applicants and they had to pass exams and do well in clinical to graduate. Now she has to give passing grades to black women who shouldn’t even be in school and can’t learn to care for patients in clinical.

    Good guys lose if they’re White. We can’t fight back. All we can do is pretend to be a minority if we want to survive.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @Jack D
  27. @Brandon Lee

    My personal studies have shown that my perception of how many engineers, IT people, scientists, and technicians are white males correlates very closely (r = 0.97) with how many engineers, IT people, scientists, and technicians that I see and meet are white males. These studies were done with no television involved.

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
  28. tsotha says:

    In reality, the school falsified transcripts, made up student accomplishments and mined the worst stereotypes of black America to manufacture up-from-hardship tales that it sold to Ivy League schools hungry for diversity.

    So people respond to incentives? You don’t say.

  29. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    A hedge fund with a college attached.

  30. @anonymous

    When my sister was in graduate school in New Orleans she volunteered at a local public hs. She found out the Salutatorian who had been showered with scholarships was basically illiterate. Couldn’t write a sentence, much less a paragraph or a paper. She had no idea what she was in for at college.

    I reckon she was in for four years of SJW activism protesting the systemic racism she encountered when she didn’t receive as high grades as she thought she deserved.

    • Replies: @anon
  31. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:

    Has anyone discovered why the investigation started? I read everything I could find. It was just the NYSlimes article and articles about the NYSlimes article, nada about how suspicions rose.

    • Replies: @Anon
  32. No discussion of what happened to the kids once they got to Harvard? That’s the part I’m interested in. Would Harvard also “fake” results for a significant number of underperforming black students?

    This is what the article says:
    “The student in the most viral video, who spent only a short time at Landry, is in his first semester at Harvard. Other Landry students have been admitted to Harvard over the past three years, but the university declined to provide information on their status.”

    Sounds like Harvard may be engaged in some T.M. Landry-ing of its own.

    • Agree: Travis
    • Replies: @Hypnotoad666
    , @Jack D
  33. @Brandon Lee

    For example, compared with men, there are fewer female physical scientists (6.4% to 11.8%), computer scientists (8.6% to 11.5%) and engineers (2.4% compared to 13.7%) on the screen.

    So 81.8% of physical scientists, 79.9% of computer scientists, and 83.9% of engineers on screen are non-binary/xenogender? Sounds like progress to me!

  34. @Harry Baldwin

    His 4 years of honours English was indeed a “fathom of lies.”

  35. Who sets the bar for “Grade Level” or “proficiency” anyway? It clearly isn’t an objective measure of average ability or perfornance in the system.

    I always read these articles that 75% of California students are below grade level or only 10% are “proficient” in math. And I can’t help thinking to myself: “Well, Jesus Christ, just lower the standard until 50% or more are at grade level. Problem solved.”

    It’s all relative obviously. But according to stats we have a reverse “Lake Wobegon” effect where 75% of kids are always below average.

    I suppose it’s intended to create a constant drumbeat for more funding to get everyone “up to standard.”

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @Digital Samizdat
    , @Jack D
  36. donut says:
    @Harry Baldwin

    “Google indicates that Bryson Sassau is the first and only person to ever use the expression “fathom of lies.” You’re going to kick a man when he’s down ? Maybe he had his arms stretched out as he made the statement .

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  37. @TheMediumIsTheMassage

    That’s what the Black Studies department is for.

    These kids can’t be any dumber than Cornel West, and he taught at Harvard.

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
  38. Bryson Sassau =

    Sassy, USA-born.
    Sassy, so urban.
    Say… suborns A’s!

    TM Landry College Prep =

    Rectal roll, men gypped.
    Re placement gyp: droll.

    Harvard University Admissions =

    Divas ransom a diversity inrush.
    Ivy dismiss Honduras narrative.

  39. CCZ says:

    And in public school lies, deceptions, and failings:

    “How a Florida school board tried to mask failures that led to massacre”

    Immediately after 17 people were murdered inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the school district launched a persistent effort to keep people from finding out what went wrong.

    For months, Broward schools delayed or withheld records, refused to publicly assess the role of employees, spread misinformation and even sought to jail reporters who published the truth.

    New information gathered by the South Florida Sun Sentinel proves that the school district knew far more than it’s saying about a disturbed former student obsessed with death and guns who mowed down staff and students with an assault rifle on Valentine’s Day.

    After promising an honest assessment of what led to the shooting, the district instead hired a consultant whose primary goal, according to school records, was preparing a legal defense. Then the district kept most of those findings from the public.

    The district also spent untold amounts on lawyers to fight the release of records and nearly $200,000 to pay public relations consultants who advised administrators to clam up, the Sun Sentinel found.

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/fl-florida-school-shooting-district-secrecy-20181112-story.html

  40. NZLex says:
    @Tiny Duck

    You forgot the spelling error, Tinys.

  41. Anon[113] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    The lead journalist, a young black woman who seems bright but unfortunately looks like she has Down’s syndrome, was interviewed on a black current events YouTube show. She said that she got a tip from a confidential source and left it at that. She also said that she considered spiking the story to prevent embarrassment to the kids, which is shocking to me. Although no way would that have happened, given the journalistic blood thirst for scoops.

    The internal evidence of the article makes it clear that the story was beginninig to go public: police reports, parents testing their kids and telling other parents about it, a parents meeting that got out of hand and provoked parents to pull kids out of class, staff suiting en masse. It was about to blow one way or another.

    One sleazy thing about the story was when it said that despite police reports, the [racist white] cops decided that it wasn’t in their jurisdiction. In fact, it literally wasn’t in their jurisdiction: the parents went to an adjoining city’s cops. It’s now with the right department. But the writers wanted to leave the impression that it was being ignored by YT.

    • Replies: @Ed
  42. Ed says:

    T.M. Landry provides the supply that elite schools demanded immensely, black students from humble backgrounds that were marginally qualified to attend their schools. They all knew it was a scam but that’s not the point. The point is to get them on campus, boost their diversity numbers and maybe even get a few pics of them for their brochures.

    College admissions is kind of like how Republican politicians act like they care about blacks not so much because they like blacks but to appeal to “good” whites in suburbia. Our society is becoming one big con to satisfy the vanities of suburban white women.

    • Agree: carol
  43. Sean says:
    @Anonymous

    Lies. In a court affidavit it’s privileged and thus safe from a defamation suite. The law is a shield, but she is using it as a sword.

  44. @Hypnotoad666

    I always read these articles that 75% of California students are below grade level or only 10% are “proficient” in math. And I can’t help thinking to myself: “Well, Jesus Christ, just lower the standard until 50% or more are at grade level. Problem solved.”

    Or you could just stop social promotion. Simply start failing students who deserve to fail, so that they never rise above their ‘true’ grade level.

    I guess that would work … until 2nd and 3rd grades started getting too backed up.

  45. @Barnard

    “It doesn’t occur to Will Stancil that the real takeaway is that higher education has become a total joke. The Ivies do not want to flunk out their AA students. Once they admit you, if you are willing to put in a minimal effort in a soft major, you get a degree.”

    This is probably Michelle Obama’s story. She got into Princeton and “majored in sociology and minored in African-American studies, graduating cum laude” according to Wikipedia. Her senior thesis is online, and y0u just need to read a couple of pages to know that Princeton put the bar very low for her to make it through. I don’t know what her LSATs were but she got into Harvard law and made it through. Didn’t pass the bar on the first shot.

    • Replies: @Unladen Swallow
    , @anion
  46. Tyrion 2 says:
    @Sean

    It seems logical to me that it would be easier to seek legal redress against a defamatory lie in a court affidavit than the same lie simply made public as the former is certainly more grievous.

    Is this not the case/why?

  47. JackOH says:

    My secondary education in the 1960s at a high school that had become mostly Black was a fraud. I learned that after attending a selective undergrad and very selective grad school. God bless standardized tests that told me I was a reasonably bright guy, despite being mostly ignored for “social reasons”, I gather, by the teachers. I had to do some very serious catching up, let me tell ya’.

    My guess is a lot of Black folks are being done a great disservice by fawning, manipulative Whites, many in the education establishment who have grant moneys and careers at stake, who would have us believe overall Black academic ability and potential is much greater than it actually is.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
  48. Anonymous[172] • Disclaimer says:

    Sorry, but I sniff big law firms, well organized ‘research teams’ and potential big ‘compensation’ pay outs, and close contacts with journalists.

    All I’d like to know is this: Is the state of Louisiana ultimately liable for the ‘maltreatment’ of children attending private schools as part of the licensing arrangement of private education in that state?

    If the answer is yes, it explains all – access to a big, unlimited corporate pot of money, which is worth retaining legal advice for. It’s unlikely the couple in question have funds enough to satisfy the claimants.

  49. El Dato says:
    @Anon

    Implement it!

    “Gee, Brain. What are we going to do tonight?”
    “The same thing we do every night, Pinky. Try to take over the school system.”

    • LOL: Mr. Rational
  50. Logan says:

    It would be very interesting to find out how the students that got in by this fraud have done in college and after.

  51. El Dato says:
    @Anonymous

    The real takeaway of this story is that no one thinks twice about letting in a white kid with a decent transcript if they seem like a hard worker, but if you’re poor and black, you better hope you have access to a high school that will fraudulently depicts you as a living miracle

    Positing:

    1) There exists black kids who got into college based on sadly doctored claims
    2) There exists white kids who got into college based on quite possibly possibly truthful claims

    Therefore:

    The only way for black kids to get admitted, even if they are meritorious, is for their claims (even if true) to be massaged by some fraudulent enterprise (Something like a College Underground Railroad)

    And Therefore:

    Whites have unfair advantages.

    Clearly this is not Aristotelean Modus Ponens

    More like #triggerculture’s Modus Liberatorens

  52. El Dato says:
    @Harry Baldwin

    Unfathomable!

    It is likely he just actually said “a fat sum of lies”.

  53. clyde says:

    His transcript “speaks for itself,” the founder, Tracey Landry, wrote……..

    This Landry loves wearing bow ties sending that Black Nationalist message, Nation of Islam too. I bet he impressed college admissions officers with his nifty sartorial presentation.

  54. clyde says:

    In reality, the school falsified transcripts, made up student accomplishments and mined the worst stereotypes of black America to manufacture up-from-hardship tales that it sold to Ivy League schools hungry for diversity.

    lulz…. Libs love to be lied to. And former salesman Landry was more than willing to supply the lies. CHA-CHING!

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
  55. Ed says:
    @Anon

    I follow the author on twitter and she follows me despite us having different views (she’s very liberal, I’m very conservative).

    She is very bright but is all too familiar with the type of comments this story would bring. I was actually surprised when I saw her byline. I can tell she wasn’t comfortable with it because she usually tweets out her stories in the AM. She didn’t this time around.

    • Replies: @Anob
  56. @Harry Baldwin

    Google indicates that Bryson Sassau is the first and only person to ever use the expression “fathom of lies.”

    He wanted to say “farrago of lies”, but his mind wandered to the famous Admiral David “Damn the torpedoes” Farragut and from there to the (mostly) naval term fathom.

    • Agree: Jim Don Bob
  57. El Dato says:
    @Anon

    I saw a Harvard statement that at least 27 activities were needed for consideration.

    I hear that Harry Potter gal Hermione Granger used a time-travel trick to attend more classes than are physically possible for mere mortals, and do additional studies in the library.

    It was never alluded to how old she looked or how fat her glasses were when she got her high school diploma. Probably never read a non-school-approved newspaper either.

  58. @International Jew

    “I was just a small piece in a whole farrago of lies” (or even better, a minor ingredient) would have been a very nice metaphor showing he really understood the word farrago.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
  59. As edjucashin hucksters go, T.M.Landry doesn’t hold a candle to Ben Chavis.

    https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/03/30/former-oakland-charter-schools-director-charged-with-grant-application-fraud-money-laundering-scheme/

    (Enough iStevey material there for a month.)

  60. TWS says:

    It’s always either fraud or cherry picking. Which it is not always obvious.

  61. @Brandon Lee

    These are the POCs at Mission Control in Houston who got Apollo 10 to the moon and back:

    • Replies: @Autochthon
  62. Jack D says:
    @Anon

    Race is the only criteria used in hiring and college admissions.

    You are mostly right but you are overstating the case. Only 15% of the seats at Harvard are reserved for blacks, This is maybe 13% more than deserve to be there on merit but that means that whites still have to compete with each other for (a portion of*) the remaining 85%, so all that studying, etc. is not for nothing.

    * in addition for the set asides for race, there are those for alumni, donors, athletes, children of prominent people, etc. So the # of seats available to white or Asian members of the general public is very low and the competition for them is very stiff.

  63. Anonymous[628] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    That doesn’t really add up. In most cases the scholarship money for undergrads comes from Harvard itself.

    Sure, Harvard is a ruthless wealth aggregator at times, such as when pocketing the indirect costs on the billions in grants that their hospitals and science departments get, and when hitting up old alumni for gifts. But they are also ruthless ideologues at other times, such as when giving full rides to their preferred demos. Clearly the importance of the latter overrides that of the former.

  64. Big Bill says:
    @Anonymous

    “The real takeaway of this story is that no one thinks twice about letting in a white kid with a decent transcript if they seem like a hard worker”

    Nah. The only regular Midwestern white folks that get into the Ivies have to have some seriously cool backstories: struggle, triumph over adversity, organization building, extremely hip activities, etc.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  65. Jack D says:
    @Anonymous

    This shows what a deep hole we are in. A Leftist looks at the same facts that we are looking at, but to a Leftist, everything is evidence of racism so this is too. If they accept unqualified students, that’s racism and if they DON’T accept unqualified students, that’s racism too.

    The one thing that he is not wrong about (but again he draws the wrong conclusion) is that if the AA students know (or are properly counseled) on how to play the game, they can leave the Ivy League school they got into with a degree, no matter how incompetent they are. The key is that they have to choose AA studies or some other soft major and they can coast thru. Of course if they try at any kind of STEM subject they get destroyed. Typically what happens is that those with illusions of STEM careers find out very quickly (1st semester of freshman year) how deep over their head they are in. Some drop out but the more savvy ones figure out that all they need to do is switch to some safe major and a black with an Ivy degree even in some worthless subject can always get a job because big corporations are just as eager for minimally qualified blacks as are Ivy League U’s.

    In general, with the expansion of higher ed and the politicization of non-STEM subjects, there are tons of people (not just blacks but also rich white kids as he says) who are getting essentially worthless degrees in worthless subjects. The difference is generally that a white with a worthless degree can’t really get a job out of it.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  66. Jack D says:
    @Brandon Lee

    Another idiotic study. Even if 100% of scientists depicted on screen were black women, this wouldn’t make black women any more competent than they really are. The Left has problems distinguishing between wishful thinking and reality.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
  67. Jack D says:
    @Anon

    Harvard gets over 40,000 applications (for less than 2,000 admits). There’s no way they can fact check every application. They get the ACT/SAT scores directly from the source and the grade transcripts are supposed to come from the schools, but they have no way of checking whatever activities you claim. They can’t even check what race you claim – Mindy Kaling’s (S. Asian Indian) brother got into med school by pretending to be black.

    But your advice sucks – for most white people there is no substitute for hard work. The system stinks but you have to work with the system as it exists. Sure you can game it to some extent but there are limits (and the risk of getting caught if you outright lie).

    • Replies: @Ed
    , @Carbon blob
  68. Jack D says:
    @Anon

    The first step in fixing any problem is understanding the cause. If you believe that malaria is caused by bad air or evil spirits instead of mosquitoes, you are never going to cure it because you are going to work on the wrong things – you’ll burn incense instead of buying mosquito nets. We are never going to get anywhere with educating blacks alongside whites until people stop denying that the Gap is genetic. But equality is an article of faith to the Left (and especially to blacks themselves) so you might as well ask Catholics to stop denying that Jesus was just a mortal man.

  69. Jack D says:
    @Different Anon

    I believe the plaintiffs in the current Asians vs. Harvard suit showed that, absent AA, something like 1 or 2% of the class at Harvard would be black based on grades and test scores (vs. the 15% that actually are). The problem is even worse at lower ranked schools because Harvard (and the other top ranked schools) suck up the 2nd tier blacks who belong at 2nd tier schools, so 2nd tier schools get 3rd tier blacks and so on, until you get to the point where lower ranked schools are admitting illiterates in order to fill their black quotas.

  70. George says:

    ACT scores? What I don’t get was how they faked ACT and other standardized test scores? Or were the inconsistent test scores overlooked?

    • Replies: @Mr. Rational
  71. Ed says:
    @Jack D

    This is true which is why Harvard and other elite schools should not signal that they will reward hard luck stories, excessive charity gimmickry etc.

    They really should just focus on academics and leadership potential. They can still accomplish their diversity goals without over emphasizing it like they do now.

    • Replies: @Alec Leamas
  72. Jack D says:
    @stillCARealist

    Being 1/2 white helps – ask Obama. Also musical talent is less linked to IQ than most high level skills. That many blacks are musically talented is undeniable. “Dr.” (apparently he was no doctor, not counting honorary degrees – he was even less of a doctor than “Dr.” Blasey-Ford but was also always referred to as “doctor” for the same credibility boosting reasons) Don Shirley, the guy depicted in the new Green Book movie, was also a musically talented light skinned black from a Christian family.

    That very few blacks are mathematically talented is also undeniable.

    • Replies: @black sea
  73. Jack D says:
    @Anon

    That’s not how it works. Most of the “financial aid” awarded at Harvard doesn’t come from external sources. They just discount the list price of the tuition (which is inflated anyway). If an airline sells you a seat for less than the highest price that they charge to anyone on the plane, are they giving you “financial aid”? If a car dealer sells you a car for less than the sticker price, is that a “scholarship”?

  74. Jack D says:
    @TheMediumIsTheMassage

    It depends what you mean by “faking”. There is a limit to what they can do in STEM courses but the usual method is just to channel these kids into “grievance studies” departments where they can write semi-literate (but politically correct) double-talk and still get high grades. Just read Michelle Obama’s senior thesis at Princeton (available online) and you will see what is possible.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  75. Jack D says:
    @Hypnotoad666

    Grade level is normed nationally so you have other (whiter) states (e.g. Massachusetts) where 50% or more of kids are at grade level. Of course as America browns the tests will need to be renormed and the grade levels ratcheted downward.

  76. @Digital Samizdat

    And half of the sixth grade students are driving to school.

  77. This isn’t completely new.

    Back in the eighties, California brought in a test requirement to graduate from high school.

    Promptly, a scandal broke about ‘the Compton method.’ Compton — an all-black township within Los Angeles — had managed to get its students to pass by telling them the answers or even just filling in the answer sheets for them.

    You can fake making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear — but it can’t actually be done.

  78. @Jack D

    ‘…Of course as America browns the tests will need to be renormed and the grade levels ratcheted downward.’

    Which is good news for the remaining white and Asian population! Their kids will score even higher!

  79. Erik L says:
    @Brandon Lee

    When I was a kid the media mostly portrayed scientists as arrogant loons who sewed human corpses together and reanimated them creating uncontrollable monsters. This didn’t inspire me to…who am I kidding? This is exactly why I went into science.

    Carry on!

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  80. @Jack D

    ‘…Just read Michelle Obama’s senior thesis at Princeton (available online) and you will see what is possible.’

    Wasn’t that kind of pedestrian but acceptable? I vaguely recall glancing at it and not being especially impressed one way or the other. I’ve certainly seen some scandalously illiterate efforts — but was Michelle’s one of them? I recall it being kind of disappointing in that respect.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    , @Henry's Cat
  81. @Jack D

    ‘The problem is even worse at lower ranked schools because Harvard (and the other top ranked schools) suck up the 2nd tier blacks who belong at 2nd tier schools, so 2nd tier schools get 3rd tier blacks and so on, until you get to the point where lower ranked schools are admitting illiterates in order to fill their black quotas.’

    Notice the magic of affirmative action. Where before we would have had some blacks receiving an education geared to their abilities and succeeding, we now have all blacks placed well above their skill level and either dropping out completely or hiding in ethnic studies and other such refuges.

    Instead of x blacks with genuine degrees certifying their actual competence, we have 5x blacks — all with meaningless scraps of paper.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
  82. @Jack D

    Harvard (and many other schools) have alumni interview applicants. Presumably one of the purposes of the interviews is quality control, as the alumni have an interest in maintaining the quality of the applicant pool. Of course it’s quite possible that in certain cases the alumni either don’t take the job seriously or their input is discarded by the admissions office.

  83. @Jack D

    ‘This shows what a deep hole we are in. A Leftist looks at the same facts that we are looking at, but to a Leftist, everything is evidence of racism so this is too…’

    Yeah, that one goes way back too. I remember reading a piece in the San Francisco Chronicle back in the seventies (yes, I am that old). The article discussed the radically higher rate of suspensions the local schools handed out to black students as opposed to other groups.

    Even as brain-washed as I was back then, the explanation was obvious — blacks behave a whole lot worse than anyone else.

    The explanation was equally obvious to the author of the article. San Francisco’s schools were racist.

    • Replies: @anion
  84. Neuday says:
    @Harry Baldwin

    Perhaps he meant “unfathomable lies”.

  85. Ibound1 says:
    @Clifford Brown

    But here is the question

    If a white kid had a totally made up transcript and was at Harvard, we know what would happen to that kid. Expulsion.

    What’s going to happen to these kids?

    Nothing.

    Just more proof of the fraud our “elite” institutions really have become.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @Jack D
  86. @Tiny Duck

    It doesn’t take much for a black kid to excel at an Ivy school.

  87. @Ed

    This is true which is why Harvard and other elite schools should not signal that they will reward hard luck stories, excessive charity gimmickry etc.

    They really should just focus on academics and leadership potential. They can still accomplish their diversity goals without over emphasizing it like they do now.

    The prevailing wordview in the admissions offices at these elite institutions is that being black in America is its own hard luck story. Putting the hard luck stories into the applications explicitly is just a tacit message to the admissions officers that the applicant know what they’re thinking.

    That said, I think we need to start dispensing with the notion that the elite Universities are assembling classes of the brightest kids in America to teach them in a rigorous course of academic study but that they’re just misguided in putting this plan into action. They’re sleepaway camps for the children of the ruling class in America and overseas, and a networking and breeding ground for its perpetuation. They admit blacks as blacks with significantly lowered standards relative to nonblacks because they think that blacks should be in the ruling class.

    • Agree: Jim Don Bob
  88. Twinkie says:
    @Jack D

    so you might as well ask Catholics to stop denying that Jesus was just a mortal man.

    Always a dig at Christians…

    • Replies: @Jack D
  89. anon[189] • Disclaimer says:
    @Laugh Track

    I reckon she was in for four years of SJW activism protesting the systemic racism she encountered when she didn’t receive as high grades as she thought she deserved.

    Hit the nail on the head. Academic mismatch caused by affirmative action is exactly why campus activism has gone off the rails.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
  90. Jack D says:
    @Twinkie

    I was just trying to illustrate something that was a fundamental article of faith. It would have been the same to me if I had said that you might as well try to get devout Muslims to deny that Mohammed was the prophet of Allah or devout Jews to deny that God spoke to Moses.

    • Replies: @res
  91. Mr. Anon says:
    @Sean

    Lies.

    How do you know they are “lies”? And why did the Dersh help write a non-prosecution agreement that shielded other possible perpetrators, as yet (then) undiscovered?

    • Replies: @kaganovitch
  92. anon[348] • Disclaimer says:

    The joke here is on the elite colleges who willingly and happily bought the con. In fact they probably wished no one had said anything, even if they knew it was all a con, as long as it wasn’t exposed they’d happily keep the charade going. For each of these kids they accepted, one genuinely qualified white/asian kid loses out.

    Honestly I don’t even know why kids bother killing themselves to try to get into these schools anymore. Most smart kids I know are all heading for our local flagship these days. Elite colleges are for athletes, legacies, scions of the rich/powerful, faculty brats and under represented minorities (blacks and browns).

    • Replies: @Hypnotoad666
  93. Mike1 says:
    @Anon

    Good teachers can help students reach their potential though. There is a bizarre belief among people on the “genetics matter” side of arguments that parent/teacher input has no effect.

    I assume your point is that teachers can’t work miracles which I fully agree with.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    , @anion
  94. @Digital Samizdat

    that would work … until 2nd and 3rd grades started getting too backed up.

    The answer to THAT is to transfer double-holdovers to schools for the academically deficient.  This also makes it much less likely that 16-yr-old dindus are hitting on 14-yr-old White girls in their non-academic classes in middle school.

    • Replies: @El Dato
    , @Colin Wright
  95. @International Jew

    He wanted to say “farrago of lies”, but his mind wandered to the famous Admiral David “Damn the torpedoes” Farragut and from there to the (mostly) naval term fathom.

    Use of a similar-sounding but incorrect word is known as “clanging”.  I’ve read that it’s an indicator of certain types of mental illness… and if it’s that common among Blacks, it supports the thesis of much higher rates of mental deficiency and dysfunction.

    • Agree: Autochthon
    • Replies: @anonymous
  96. El Dato says:
    @Mr. Rational

    You are literally asking for Tiny Duck to comment.

    • Replies: @Mr. Rational
    , @Autochthon
  97. @Harry Baldwin

    Google indicates that Bryson Sassau is the first and only person to ever use the expression “fathom of lies.”

    I think Sailer may be the first to ever use the formulation “not unwholly like.”

    Landry was a little too crazy to pull this off successfully, but I bet a few now prestigious schools went through a fake-it-till-you-make-it phase in their pasts not unwholly like this.

    (I’m sure he meant “not wholly unlike.”)

    • Replies: @anion
    , @kaganovitch
  98. @George

    Or were the inconsistent test scores overlooked?

    Once you have eliminated the impossible, what remains must be the truth.

  99. @Stephen Paul Foster

    A bar exam with a 70 percent first time pass rate at the time. Our Wise Latina SC justice also did something similar at Princeton but went to Yale instead of Harvard for law school.

  100. Jack D says:
    @Colin Wright

    As I mention elsewhere, Ivy League blacks are not usually complete illiterates – they are just not quite Ivy League timber. Michelle would have probably fit in as an average student at Champaign-Urbana. As someone else mentions, blacks run 2 or 3 grade levels behind whites. So her senior thesis was something that an average (white) Princeton freshman might write – not bad but not great either. If you compared it to the more polished and sophisticated work of a top Princeton grad, you would see how simplistic her writing and the quality of her thinking really was.

    Here it is:

    https://www.politico.com/pdf/080222_MOPrincetonThesis_1-251.pdf

    First of all the subject matter is blackety-black-blackness, which is blacks’ favorite subject. Then look at her opening sentence – it’s not quite wrong but it’s not quite right either:

    “The purpose of this study is to examine various attitudes of Black Princeton alumni in their present state and as they are perceived by the alumni to have changed over time.”

    • Replies: @Father O'Hara
    , @Goob
  101. Jack D says:
    @Mike1

    It’s like any other raw material. A great chef can cook a prime filet into something sublime. Even an average chef can make a tender and tasty dish when he starts with such top quality ingredients. A bad chef can make it a lot less tasty than it should be. No chef, no matter how good, can make a tender steak out of a piece of canner grade gristly chuck.*

    * although you would be surprised with what you can accomplish with a sous vide bath and time.

  102. Jack D says:
    @Big Bill

    Actually, flyover states are underrepresented at place like Harvard because not that many flyover kids are interested or minimally qualified to attend (there aren’t that many of them to begin with – more people live on the Upper West Side of Manhattan than in the entire state of Wyoming) so the admission office would actually like it if they got more of those kids. The kids who need seriously cool backstories are S. Asians from North Jersey, E. Asians from Southern California, Jews from the NY suburbs, etc. – they have so many of those that they can’t tell one Kim or Cohen from the next. If you are an average white kid at Stuyvesant (not that there are many white kids left there) the best thing that your parents could do would be to move to N. Dakota. You have zero chance of Harvard at Stuy but coming from Fargo they would be drooling all over you and your 740 SATs.

    • Replies: @JLK
    , @anion
  103. Jack D says:
    @Ibound1

    Only whites have agency. If black kids conspired with their school to put together fake applications, they were victims not scammers, just like the people who were “tricked” into filing false mortgage loan applications.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
  104. Isn’t the scholarship money coming from the university that accepts the student and gives them the scholarship? I would think the school is therefore investing in the student’s education and future and truly wants them to be successful.

    • Replies: @anion
  105. @Colin Wright

    I’m surprised her publishers aren’t rushing it into print as we speak. It could sell half a million copies by Chrsitmas.

  106. @Camlost

    You should’ve declared yourself black. You can play ball,so maybe you got one in the woodpile.

  107. Anob says:
    @Ed

    Her cowriter despite her name, is Asian, a young woman who already shares a Pulitzer. She is extremely bright and articulate, judging from YouTube appearances. I think the black writer probably wants the Pulitzer, but resents being assigned to a black story to be the black face in source interviews. It sounds like the school founder was sort of putting a “race traitor” guilt trip on her in their final interview at the end of the story.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  108. @Jack D

    Doesnt the latest research show that college students don’t really learn much in four years and hardly increase their abilities a’tall? Princeton kids are smart. I don’t think one goes from Michelle level to,say,Anne Coulter level,in four years. They’re much more Anne than Michelle to begin with.
    A Princeton freshman,if trying his best,would surely produce a much better written essay than this dreck.

  109. JLK says:
    @Jack D

    Actually, flyover states are underrepresented at place like Harvard because not that many flyover kids are interested or minimally qualified to attend (there aren’t that many of them to begin with – more people live on the Upper West Side of Manhattan than in the entire state of Wyoming) so the admission office would actually like it if they got more of those kids.

    The Midwest as a whole has a pretty substantial population, with a lot of well-read kids who have aptitude. However, the top private universities are far away on the coasts (except for Northwestern), and the in-state flagship State U. tends to be considered (I lived in one of these states for a while) more prestigious than it really is. The local newspapers don’t tout the Ivy League like the NYT does. A lot of top students in the Midwest as a consequence never apply to the private schools on the coasts. The ones who do tend to be prep school products or the kids of parents who are more aware of the benefits of an Ivy League or Stanford pedigree.

  110. Marty T says:
    @Camlost

    Was he good enough to be considered for Ivy ball though? 1020 is really low even by affirmative action standards without an athletic hook at an Ivy.

  111. @Ibound1

    This guy is a three card monte hustler extraordinaire. He is a PIMP!
    If I made the movie,it would be a story of a black man and his charges and how they ran rings around the stupid shite for brains wypipo.
    But in the last act you’d have to acknowledge that he used those young blacks in a pretty cold blooded manner. But…playas gonna play! Hate the game etc.

    • Replies: @anion
  112. @stillCARealist

    Shame they had to sacrifice the drapes to make that hideous dress.

  113. Goob says:
    @Jack D

    “That’s as maybe, but only one of them is both the same.” Mary Jackson / New English Review

  114. anion says:

    I was interested in exactly how the investigation began. Turns out it wasnit intrepid NYSlimes reporters. It wasn’t a do gooder NGO. It was State Department of Education empoyees doing their job. 2013 2014 Ed Dept noticed suspiciously high scores in some schools. Landry was one of them

    Louisiana school that went viral for sending students to … – NOLA.com

    https://www.nola.com/…/louisiana-school-that-went-viral-for-sending-students-to-elite…

    Landry-Walker testing scandal info sent to Orleans District … – NOLA.com

    https://www.nola.com/education/index.ssf/…/landry-walker_cheating_crimina.html

    Landry-Walker High principal suspended amid cheating … – NOLA.com

    https://www.nola.com/education/index.ssf/2016/…/landry-walker_principal_leave.htm…

    Feb 15, 2016 – Landry-Walker High School Principal Mary Laurie has been placed on administrative leave as the Louisiana inspector general’s office conducts …

  115. anion says:
    @Father O'Hara

    Black run NGOs are totally corrupt. Ghost employees, hiring their teen kids to be the janitor and paying them $100,000 a year. company cars and credit cards. Dealt with them for 27 years in the criminal courts. My experience with NGOS has made me an advocate fo the European socialist system.

    If there is a need, create a government agency, hire some people, pay them a decent salary train them and let them do the work. In America we have a system that pays hundreds of billions a year to these NGOS to pretend to duplicate work and functions that governemt agencies already do.

    The NGOs get the funding but don’t actually do anything but sit in their offices doing something else.
    For instance, the big Jewish alleged charity organizion in my city has grabbed hold of dozens of community centers and park programs. But they don’t do anything at all. Everything is still run by the park department workers.

    What Jewish charity does is spend its entire time raising money for the big holocaust temple
    (Tim Wise used to run his hate Whitey operation from there) and other specifically religious jewish causes. Total violation of the establishment clause of the first amendment of course, but jews can do anything they want.

    I doubt Jewish charities has real ghost employees as the black NGOs do. But they don’t do what they are funded for, which is to run parks,and community centers programs. They just spend their time fundraising for the holocaust temple and other jewish causes.

  116. anion says:
    @Hummingbird

    No, most scholarship money comes from other sources such as foundations and tax dodging donors and the college directs the scholarship money to the student.

  117. anion says:
    @the one they call Desanex

    Maybe he meant a fandago of lies????? It means a rambunctious dance but is sometimes used to describe a wild, complicated mess of anything. Maybe a Louisiana idiom?

    Who cares.

  118. @JLK

    A lot of top students in the Midwest as a consequence never apply to the private schools on the coasts. The ones who do tend to be prep school products or the kids of parents who are more aware of the benefits of an Ivy League or Stanford pedigree.

    It may also be that the parents are more into seeing their kids on a regular basis – more likely if they go to a state school – than they are into seeing their kids once a year, if that, should they enter the career path of an Ivy League grad (typically coastal city metro area job).

  119. anion says:
    @Jack D

    Instead of moving to N Dakota just check the black box and write a sob story family tale

    . ” I grew up in foster homes. My natural black father was sent to life in prison for a crime he did not commit. At age 4 I saw my mother’s evil White boyfriend beat her to death. (he’d been molesting me for years)”

    “I was a little thug in and out of juvenile hall. AND THEN, I saw the light. Kid couldn’t say I came to Jesus as that would cause the application to be dumped. But some black muslim NGO came to his reform school and encouraged him to apply to Stuvestant. He had to beg in the subway station for bus fare to school and school supplies.”

    ” I want to form a black muslim student association at Harvard” I want to fight the evil Irish landlords in Cambridge and near Cambridge and force them to rent their apartments only to Students of Color for $200 a month all utilities included.” ” I formed an NGO to sue the NY metro public transit system to allow all Persons of Color to ride free.”

    ” We are also suing the remove the racist transit police and security cameras because they are racially discriminatory. ” The cameras record and the police arrest only black and brown Persons of Color for crimes they don’t commit on public transit.” “I’m not an attorney yet of course but as a para legal intern I’m doing most of the work on the transit lawsuit. And of course I’m the lead plaintiff in the class action filing.”

    That’s how a bright but not outstanding White gets into college.

  120. anion says:
    @Stephen Paul Foster

    I respect anyone who passed the bar on however many tries. Hildabeast got into Wellesley strictly on the old high GPA high SAT system and she failed the Bar first time.

  121. Anonymous[258] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anob

    That sounds like El Año Corriente, all right: an AZN tigress-macher training her sights on Ivy League quarry, for the purest of motives of course, because she cares SO MUCH about illiterate blacks from the bayou — evidence for above: she “checked her privilege” to allow the black co-writer to be the public face for buzz multiplication (who then resents having the publicity flunky role, lol)

  122. anion says:
    @Mike1

    Puhleez, I slept and read books I wanted to read all through grade and high school and managed to get into a top 5 school not as a legacy. Totally hated school. I wanted to stay home and play with my little sisters, and help Mom decorate, shop for antique furniture and make flower arrangements.

    • Replies: @stillCARealist
  123. anion says:
    @Colin Wright

    The behavior of blacks in the public schools is the reason why there are more private than public schools in San Francisco. Do you remember when black kids would storm onto to the trolleys as they waited in line to go into the tunnel at the top of Market? The all black bus drivers went to Sears and bough fire extinguishers because black kids were setting fires on buses and trolleys.

    A lot of the black bus drivers would just drive on by a stop during after school hours when they saw a black mob at a stop.

    I’ll never forget the day I got on a bus. My hair’s very thick and long then. The driver told me to put my hair under my coat and If I was going to ride buses to wear it up in a bun because the N words were setting fire to White woman’s long hair on the buses.

  124. @Ibound1

    Build a better claptrap and they will come.

  125. @Anonymous

    The real takeaway of this story is that no one thinks twice about letting in a white kid with a decent transcript if they seem like a hard worker, but if you’re poor and black, you better hope you have access to a high school that will fraudulently depicts you as a living miracle

    That’s right, no one thinks twice. They don’t even think once.

    • LOL: JMcG
  126. Anon[425] • Disclaimer says:

    Stuff like this happens because PC is a religion that says blacks are holy creatures brimming with natural genius just waiting to be tapped. It’s like ‘frack the black’ and watch the genius oil gush out.

    But people are not rocks. Expectations of genius frequency among blacks is like scouting for NBA players in the Asian and Mexican community.

    But combo of ‘white guilt’ and black megalomania will lead to more ‘discoveries’ of fool’s gold.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
  127. @Jack D

    If you believe that malaria is caused by bad air or evil spirits instead of mosquitoes, you are never going to cure it because you are going to work on the wrong things – you’ll burn incense instead of buying mosquito nets.

    No, it is caused by dat albino witch who live over de mountain. To stop it you don’t burn incense, you kill de witch.

  128. I was teaching as an adjunct at a not highly ranked public university. I could only see the other classes at the U the students had taken, not grades or anything else. The student conduct system required the instructor to be a sort of prosecutor when charging for academic integrity issues. I set the course software to autocratically check all tests and papers against turnitin.

    I had a student who had half the quotes properly marked and cited, the other half not, on a short paper. I met with her, the department had a sort of 3/4 walled area near the department staff work area because they knew there could be trouble when speaking with opposite race or gender students when they are failing or caught cheating.

    She told me the writing assistance center had told her to delete half the quotes and cites. I had referred her there at the start of the class, so I made an appointment with the center director to check out her story.

    The director had access to the student’s full database, including the admissions file. She reviewed the session notes, and the fact that the student come from the Detroit public school system, and said it was entirely possible that the student had misinterpreted their directions as orders to delete quote marks.

    I wonder if there were similar issues here, in addition to trying to learn chemistry and biology at the same time with an inadequate background of knowledge.

  129. gregor says:
    @Jack D

    I suspect you’d get the best results by focusing less on academics and more or discipline and citizenship and so forth. Almost more like church. Probably not a bad idea for whites either.

  130. Anonymous[256] • Disclaimer says:

    Half remembered Shakespeare?

    Full fathom five thy father lies

    Or perhaps “fathom” should have been “fabric?”

    Better clanging than klanning. Ding-dong, bell.

  131. Anonymous[256] • Disclaimer says:

    Notice of Intended Prosecution (Nip)

    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-46316184

    America needs to adopt this term, forthwith.

  132. That butcher of babies, Kermit What’s-His-Name, maybe had that same megalomania.

    Special places in Hell, one can only hope….

  133. @Jim Don Bob

    Well, they are black and white.

    Say! Why don’t we say “white and black? Always one says “black and white.” Why does “black” hafta come first?! I’m reminded of the hilarious bit by Chris Rock’s inspired character Nat X, who’d rant about how billiards were racist (the white ball knocks all the coloured balls down).

  134. res says:
    @Jack D

    That makes sense, but in a diverse group it might be better to consider taking shots like that at your own in-group. Or at least spread it around a little (as your followup comment did). It’s all too easy to take shots at Christians in the Current Year US. It is considered socially acceptable in most places, the media delights in taking down evangelical figures who stray, and as the majority more examples are available even if bad behavior matches other groups.

  135. @Mr. Rational

    ‘…This also makes it much less likely that 16-yr-old dindus are hitting on 14-yr-old White girls in their non-academic classes in middle school.’

    Segregation works here. In fact, that was part of the reason for it.

    Seriously. When the Supreme Court was considering Brown versus the Board of Education, Eisenhower approached at least one justice. He tried to make him see that it was a matter of white fathers not wanting their fourteen year-old daughters sitting next to some fully-grown field hand.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
  136. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Anon

    NPR awhile back had a similarly sad and funny story about a black girl whose grandma lied about her residency to get her into a white school. Her bewildered observations were about what a real school looked like. At one point she said in almost as many words that the teachers at the white school actually spent class time teaching classes, that is, teaching and not running around trying to contain discipline issues, or setting up a movie and zonking out.
    Of course NPR concluded that this was simply more proof of white witchery.
    ——
    Is this really what black screenwriter Steve McQueen wrote?

    >Liam Neeson is hired by Colin Farrell to rob some black guys who are mounting a political campaign against Farrell
    >Neeson betrays his crew and fakes his death
    >so he could get a cut of the money from Farrell and leave the city

    With me so far? Okay but then
    >He leaves his wife (who he was cheating on with one of his crew subordinate’s) a notebook FULL of detailed information on where his next heist was going to be
    >this next heist was to be in Colin Farrell’s house
    >to get the money back that was stolen from the black guys

    But that’s not all
    >When Neeson reveals himself to be alive to his wife, he tells her that he didn’t even plan for her to use the notebook, but for her to sell it to the black guys
    >but when his wife and the other widows use the notebook to rob Farrell’s house, the black guys show up there anyway, because they had been following Neeson’s wife the WHOLE TIME

  137. @stillCARealist

    ‘Here’s a black kid you’ll swoon over:..’

    Would she have ever attracted your attention if she hadn’t been black?

    Let’s imagine she’s Chinese, for example. I’m already falling asleep.

    What does it say if you find black achievement remarkable? Is it?

    …she is, incidentally, at most half-black. Are you as impressed by the white half?

  138. @stillCARealist

    I’m very happy when I meet bright, wholesome young black people as I do occasionally.

  139. @Achmed E. Newman

    Weeks ago we watched “The Cloverfield Paradox” on Netflix, knowing nothing about it other than it was connected to the Cloverfield franchise. It was the most idiotic movie I’ve seen in a long time, and my wife and members of my extended family who also watched agreed. My sister-in-law asked me at which point I realized it was going to be a terrible movie. I didn’t tell there the truth: about a minute in, when we learn that a young black women, played by someone named Gugu Mbatha-Raw, is one of America’s top scientists.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
  140. @Mr. Anon

    And why did the Dersh help write a non-prosecution agreement that shielded other possible perpetrators, as yet (then) undiscovered?

    I have no opinion on Dersh’s guilt or innocence, but as Epstein’s lawyer it was the prudent thing to do. Things could only go worse for Epstein if discovery or testimony in other trials, turns up evidence that he fibbed in proffer or plea. His deal could easily be voided and he could go to big house for 20. Much better (from Epstein/Dersh vantage of course) to make sure other trials never take place.

  141. @Hypnotoad666

    The black kid who got into every Ivy to which he applied was asked in which subject he plans to major. He answered, “Black studies.” God help us.

    • Replies: @Mr. Rational
  142. @the one they call Desanex

    I think Sailer may be the first to ever use the formulation “not unwholly like.”

    Not even close

    several previous usages.

  143. @donut

    “Google indicates that Bryson Sassau is the first and only person to ever use the expression “fathom of lies.”

    You’re going to kick a man when he’s down ? Maybe he had his arms stretched out as he made the statement .

    My sixth- and eighth-grade classrooms overlooked our church across the street. It had a 1950s modernist Jesus façade evidently inspired by Christ the Redeemer in Rio. Well, no, it’s a crucifix, but remove the nails, and it’s Cristo Redentor, it’s that ambiguous.

    Anyway, the teacher was explaining what a fathom was, and how it came about, and my juvenile brain made the connection and nudged my immediate neighbors.

  144. black sea says:
    @Jack D

    That many blacks are musically talented is undeniable. “Dr.” (apparently he was no doctor, not counting honorary degrees – he was even less of a doctor than “Dr.” Blasey-Ford . . . .

    I thought this sentence was going to ultimately lead us to “Dr. Dre.”

    Nice change-up.

  145. black sea says:
    @JLK

    I think people who live in flyover America would be surprised by the extent to which high-scoring students who live in bi-coastal America focus their ambitions on acceptance in the IVY League (plus Stanford or Berkeley).

    I think people who live in bi-coastal America would be surprised by the the extent to which high-scoring students in flyover country don’t focus their ambitions on acceptance to these schools.

    I do think that Asian-Americans living in flyover country probably are more focused on such ambitions than are their white counterparts, in part for familial/cultural reasons, and in part because they have no particular roots in the place they are currently living.

  146. @Jack D

    Talent distribution has (to a rough approximation) a normal distribution with a thin upper and lower tail. Your claim about the mismatch worsening due to Harvard grabbing talented-but-not-extremely-talented blacks sounds plausible, but it depends upon the distribution of college places on the elite/non-elite scale and its match to the distribution of academic talent among applicants from the preferred and non-preferred ethnic groups. The mismatch could ease or worsen for elite-but-not-Harvard colleges depending upon how the two distribution interact.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @Jack D
  147. Beliavsky says:

    What you are allowed to say in the comments section in the NYT is getting more circumscribed. I submitted the following comment on this story:

    “Black educational achievement is lower than average, and when you demand that blacks be equally represented at selective colleges, this is the kind of fraud you get. Likewise, the No Child Left Behind demand to erase racial achievement gaps lead to cheating on tests in many urban school districts.”

    It was posted and received 14 likes and one critical but not outraged response. It has since been deleted. Why? I deliberately did not talk about the ultimate cause of such frauds, trying to get blacks proportionally represented in selective schools when there is a 1SD black-white IQ gap. I simply stated the proximate cause — that there is (for whatever reason) a gap in educational achievement.

    In the NYT comments section it used to be possible to mention racial differences in IQ.

  148. @Harry Baldwin

    “Black studies” is emblematic of the degree programs that should cause an institution’s accreditation to be revoked and eligibility for guaranteed student loans terminated forthwith.

    Ditto existence of “diversity and inclusion” programs or bureaucrats.

  149. Remember whitey– Black Lies Matter.

  150. @Harry Baldwin

    Hey, I feel for you, Harry, even the more so because you had folks over whom you couldn’t be straight honest with. I was watching, wait, TRYING TO WATCH, movies by myself late at night a few months back. I’m am damn glad they were free, Harry, as I had to go part-ways (10 min. for the 1st and 2 minutes for the 2nd) into 2 movies, The Void and The Ottoman Lieutenant, before seeing that each was going to have an anti-white racial agenda that I was absolutely not gonna put up with!

    Then, the 3rd movie, even with a racial element in it that I didn’t see coming, was good enough to enjoy. Guess why? Because it was from the 1960′s, a movie called Medium Cool. Keep in mind that I had no idea besides from a 20-word blurb on each, what they were going to be about. Yet, I had to ditch the 2 modern movies, and watch the one from 50 years back. That’s good enough odds for Vegas, I’m sure.

    If you are interested (trying not to link-bomb the hell out of people EVERY DAY of the week), I wrote about this in “Tried to watch a movie – here’s 3 reviews in one!”.

    BTW, thanks for the negative tip on your movie. I’ll try to keep that one on my “never watch” list.

  151. Jack D says:
    @JLK

    There are a number of top schools away from the coasts – U. Chicago, Wash U. in St. Louis, Vanderbilt in Nashville, Rice in Houston, Notre Dame in Indiana.

    • Agree: JLK
  152. Jack D says:
    @Peter Johnson

    I wasn’t trying to express that it was worse (although it may be) – what I was trying to say that in this game of musical chairs, while almost all black students are at the low end of class rankings at their respective universities, Harvard blacks are still plausible college material while at the lower ranking schools the blacks that they are able to get fall below the minimum threshold and are unable to graduate (or if they do graduate, unable to pass professional certification exams). Harvard shoves every black to the left, but theirs are still on solid ground while the ones at the other end of the line fall off the cliff.

    • Agree: Johann Ricke
    • Replies: @Peter Johnson
  153. pyrrhus says:
    @Anon

    Harvard and the rest of the elite schools WANT to be conned, so they can take incompetent black kids instead of hyper competent Whites (not jews, who are 400% overrepresented) and Asians. So boring to have great students….

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
  154. anonymous[117] • Disclaimer says:
    @Mr. Rational

    That is an interesting point, but completely immatesticle to the discussion.

    • LOL: Mr. Rational
  155. Education professionals extol T.M. Landry

    Tells you all you need to know about how far you have to dig into the cognitive bucket before you hit dregs – those whose only option for paid employment is ‘education professional’.

    Those who can’t do, teach. Those who can’t teach, teach teachers. Those who can’t even do that, become “education professionals”.

    Teaching high school used to be a vocation – that ended in the 80s when governments sought to hide youth unemployment by forcing kids to stay in school until their late teens.

    Wrangling groups of 15 year olds is tiresome at the best of times, but it is made far worse when 50% of them don’t want to be there: they’re rational to not want to be there, because they know that their attendance does nothing to advance their prospects.

    Once that policy change “bit”, teaching high school became a pain in the ass: nowadays nobody with any alternative wants to be a high school teacher (with the exception of a vanishingly small set of people who are deluded enough to think that they can ‘make a difference’).

    I was fortunate enough to have finished school by the time the education systems in the West started importing bullshit nostrums from US sociologists and other charlatans. My middle siblings had the wave rise under them; by the time my youngest brother attended high school (early 90s), submitting assigned work and taking year-end examinations was optional.

    In other words, schools are now explicitly two-tier: one tier is where third-quintile graduates attempt to teach those who are interested; the other tier is simply a warehouse for 15-18 year olds.

    If those tiers were accomplished with a nice clear separation, it wouldn’t be so bad… but the warehouse and the classroom are in the same place, so those who don’t want to be there, fuck the experience up for everyone else (which is why the archetypal high school teacher is an obese 40-something divorcée with an IQ of 98, whose personal life is in disarray).

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @Hypnotoad666
  156. @anion

    Oh, I just realized you must be female. For a while I thought, “Is he Japanese or so homosexual that he frightens kookaburras?”

  157. @Anon

    I feel more sad than amused in this case. The girl was basically set up to fail so that an ambitious conman could get press coverage. Admitting her to Uni was not useless, it was damaging.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
  158. @Erik L

    Haha!

    I had a friend who was kind of in love with his cadaver during the 1st year of medical school. He’s been doing great as a doctor.

    • Replies: @Erik L
  159. @Different Anon

    “a GPA of 4.0 or higher and SAT combined score over 1400″

    Are those two quantities comparable?

    A combined SAT of 1400 is the 5th percentile cutoff; in the system I was educated under, you could not get a GPA equivalent to 4.0 without an ‘A’ average – which would put you in the top 2% of kiddies.

    I am guessing that in the US, GPA can be rubbery because of a lack of uniform standards… as indicated by the fact that this Landry huckster has a business model that involves writing blatant, easily-refuted falsehoods to ‘major’ institutions.

    It also raises the question: if US educational outcomes at high school level are rubbery, why do supposedly ‘elite’ US institutions not have their own entrance examinations? To the extent that they do have them, why don’t they pay attention to them?

    Interestingly, just the other day I mentioned to The Lovely that it intrigued me that fee-paying ‘selective-entry’ high schools no longer have entrance exams – so long as Mummy and Daddy can pay the fees, Tarquin and Brianna can wear the school tie and blazer.

    “However” – I went on (I do go on) – “selective-entry government schools still have them.”

    (We were discussing a colleague who is following the mid-20th century model: send kiddies to high-fee ‘elite’ private schools – despite them having lost their value as network generators).

    Merit-based selective-entry is obviously the gold standard: it’s certainly the thing that enables employers to dosciminate among the outputs of universities… so why is it not deployed as an entry requirement for institutions that tout themselves as elite?

    (I bet some do: I bet Cal Tech and MIT don’t give a fuck whether you did rock-climbiug or played cello or participated in a march against climate change).

    The Lovely‘s high school (Mac.Robertson Girls’ High) is a government selective-entry school, and is consistently the school with the highest average year 12 exam marks (this includes fee-paying and religious schools):

    The Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School has a long tradition of academic excellence with VCE scores propelling the school to be ranked 1st in the State of Victoria for seven consecutive years from 2002 to 2008, inclusive. The school was ranked 3rd in 2009, but reclaimed its No. 1 ranking once again in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2018

    Imagine that: a government school that is so good that it has held the top ranking in the state for 9 of the past 18 years.

    And of course they have no difficulty whatsoever, when it comes to attracting talented teachers – their teaching staff tends to be former university academics, as opposed to third-quintile graduates who do a teaching course when they can’t get employment in their major.

  160. @Harry Baldwin

    After an initial “WTF?”, I realised that “fathom of lies” is actually a beautiful piece of phrasing.

    It gets the attention immediately – especially in anyone with a half-decent vocabulary – because it jars the senses straight away: a fathom is a unit of linear measure (length – precisely 6 feet), so it’s retarded to use it as a collective noun.

    Why not a more usually formulation, like a farrago of lies, or a congeries of lies, or a gallimaufry of lies?

    Easy: ‘fathom’ also invokes the notion of depth; it also has yet another relevant usage… to be unable to fully understand or comprehend something (e.g., “I can’t fathom why US voters think it matters a damn“).

    So a deep collection of lies that is hard to fully comprehend… it may have been unintentional on the part of the writer, but I doubt it.

    • LOL: Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @Hypnotoad666
  161. Erik L says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    That would be astounding. The cadavers for anatomy have been sitting around for a while; Very different from a fresh autopsy subject. We had one that was nick-named “Big John” because he had a large phallus. That’s as close as I can remember to anyone falling in love with a cadaver :)

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  162. @Jack D

    Grade level is normed nationally so you have other (whiter) states (e.g. Massachusetts) where 50% or more of kids are at grade level.

    Actually, it looks like this is only semi-true. Apparently, the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation required states to come up with their own standards of “proficiency.” But they set wildly differing standards of “proficiency” as compared to the test results on the nation-wide National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). https://www.educationnext.org/johnnycanreadinsomestates/

    More recently, however, the states have been raising their arbitrary “proficiency” definition in response to various federal incentives. But — surprise, surprise! — there is zero correlation between increasing a state’s aspirational standard of “proficiency” and any actual improvement in reaching the arbitrary standard.

    Figure 2 displays the relationship between the average change in proficiency standards in each state between 2009 and 2017 and the average amount of growth in test-score performance. The nearly flat line in the figure reveals virtually no relationship between rising proficiency standards and test-score growth over this time period. https://www.educationnext.org/have-states-maintained-high-expectations-student-performance-analysis-2017-proficiency-standards/

    The whole premise of NCLB was that setting objective standards would somehow magically produce better outcomes. But, predictably, the data confirm that this was nonsense.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
  163. @Harry Baldwin

    A foreigner who only knew of America through movies would think that Blacks are all scientists, police chiefs, doctors, generals, and Presidents of the United States.

    The most hilariously unrealistic is the casting of judges who, according to TV and movies, are about 65% Black women.

    But some preposterous casting is just silly, rather than political. My all-time favorite is the 1990 Tom Cruise racing movie Days of Thunder, in which a smokin’ hot 22-year old Nicole Kidman is cast as a world-renown brain surgeon who has to fix Tom Cruises’ concussion when he crashes his race car. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099371/fullcredits

    • Replies: @Autochthon
  164. @Kratoklastes

    After an initial “WTF?”, I realised that “fathom of lies” is actually a beautiful piece of phrasing.

    I suppose the author is attempting to use “fathom” as a synonym for “great depth,” when in reality (as you point out), it is exactly six feet.

    I am not sure how long the average lie is. I guess six feet of lies could be considered pretty bad. But is it worse than seven kilograms of lies, or twelve cubic feet of lies?

    Perhaps the Bureau of Weights and Measures could define the dimensions of the Standard Lie so that we can know for sure.

    • LOL: Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @Kratoklastes
  165. @Kratoklastes

    Those who can’t do, teach. Those who can’t teach, teach teachers. Those who can’t even do that, become “education professionals”.

    Very true.

    Also, those can’t be education professionals write the education beat for the New York Times.

  166. @Erik L

    She had died of unnatural causes (well, in a way), so she was only 20 years-old. Yes, her skin was kind of pale, and I said “kind of” in love. I’m exaggerating a bit, but he told me I needed to go see her. As a future doctor maybe he liked how here connective tissue connected up so nicely, or something … I didn’t stick around for the cutting … frogs and fetal pigs were plenty enough education, thank you very much.

  167. @anon

    Elite colleges are for athletes, legacies, scions of the rich/powerful, faculty brats and under represented minorities (blacks and browns).

    You forgot children of corrupt foreign oligarchs.

  168. @Sean

    Why are you shilling for (((powerful individuals))) who have abused hundreds of vulnerable white girls?

  169. @Hypnotoad666

    Well, I’m 73.5 inches of lies (by height) or 96kg of lies (by weight).

    However as befits our ‘woke’ Identitarian/Intersectional Age, I identify as an Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided missile frigate – specifically, an Oliver Hzard Perry-class frigate that was part of a team that finished 4th in the women’s 4×100m medley at the most recent Commonwealth Games.

    So on that basis, I represent 4100 long tons’ displacement of lies – less when I’ve leaned down for competition, of course.

    Still not even close to any arbitrarily-selected member of the political class (in terms of absolute lie density per m²O₂.sec⁻¹ )…

  170. @Jack D

    I agree with you on that, but it does leave an interesting open question. Is the talent mismatch problem likely to be worse at the very top-tier, high tier, or upper middle tier colleges? It depends upon a distribution of places, the distribution of academic talent, and the strength of the admission bias in favor of the preferred ethnic group. Interesting question that I have not seen answered. It is a bit too politically incorrect to get much research attention. Where is the talent mismatch problem most harmful? Perhaps the blacks at the very top-tier schools have enough intellectual resources to compensate and adjust whereas those lower down flounder due to the talent mismatch with their non-POC classmates.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  171. @Peter Johnson

    Michelle Obama was perpetually grumpy from all the affirmative action she received.

    • Replies: @Peter Johnson
  172. @Steve Sailer

    A valuable social psychology project would be to empirically examine the widely-observed but barely-mentioned phenomenon that talent mismatch generates deep-seated hostility among black students at high-tier and middle-tier colleges. Would they be happier at talent-matched colleges? It could be that both sides are suffering in this devil’s bargain with enforced ignorance. Examining whether blacks as a group suffer psychologically due to not fitting in at too-high-paced college courses would be a valuable research study, but would require a brave researcher to undertake it!

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  173. @Peter Johnson

    Blacks tend have a lot of need for dominance, so sending them to intellectual places where they are at a sizable intellectual deficit is asking for unhappiness.

    Our research universities seem loath to research the most interesting things about themselves.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
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