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Headline “Fairfax school board eliminates admissions test at Thomas Jefferson High School” probably America’s most demanding school for science and technology.

Oh god, Oh god. Who is on the school board? Predictably education majors, the dimmest, lowest SAT-scoring dregs of the professional classes, the horror of smart students subjected to their grade-school mentalities. But not just ed majors. Probably also psychologists, sociologists, bored housewives, and liberal-artsy painfully virtuous men alight with Civic Consciousness. Oh god.

TJ, the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, is a jewel in the country’s collapsing system of education, a bright light in the growing darkness. Its kids are scary smart, among the best of young minds, going on to CalTech, MIT, Harvard. This year 132 were National Merit Semi-finalists, putting them in the upper one half of one percent. Entry was, until now, by a demanding test of intelligence, though we must not so describe it as that would be racist, and manifest White Privilege, even though most of the students are Asian. Youngsters at this level need a rich academic diet to avoid boredom, to include among other things serious mathematics. Which, I will bet, not one of the earnest, uplift espousing, self-consciously good, droopy-IQed of the Board has the slightest grasp. How much is three factorial? Hint: It’s a number between five and seven. You may have five guesses.

TJ was a haven for the smart. But now Fairfax County is going to drop the intelligence test—though, remember—we must never call it an intelligence test. Why drop the test? Do you even ask? It is because not enough blacks get in. The purpose of a high-end school is to admit blacks.

TJ, I can say with confidence, would be happy with any number of black students if they passed the examination. It would be happy with box turtles if they passed the test. But they do not, as neither do blacks, so we must abandon the test and admit the unqualified. Free stuff.

Is there nothing we will not degrade, corrupt, or discard to make minorities look good? No. Silly me, even to ask.

Strange that a country once at least literate, a country for decades way and gone the world’s font of science and technology, a country that at its apogee put men on the moon and invented the modern world, should intentionally suppress the intelligence that made it what it was and reduce itself to the level of picking wild bananas and digging for roots.

Yet this is happening. From the drains of society oozes a sump of envy, of resentment, of bruised incapacity, of rabble seeking revenge against those of a higher order. Chusma, morlocks, school boards, vegetables, everywhere pulling down the bright, raging against the brighter, whom they now want to destroy.

An example of what is coming: From The Independent: “A university professor has claimed teaching maths perpetuates “unearned” white privilege…Titled “Building Support for Scholarly Practices in Mathematics Methods”, Ms Gutierrez argues a focus on Pythagorean theorem and pi feed into the idea that math was (sic) developed by the Greeks and Europeans…Seattle is definitely on the forefront with this,” said Robert Q. Berry III, the president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. “What they’re doing follows the line of work we hope we can move forward as we think about the history of math and who contributes to that, and also about deepening students’ connection with identity and agency.”

The faint, agonized shrilling you hear is the English language. These people write like the recently anesthetized, but never mind. Where precisely does this gushing fount of bewilderment think math was developed? Burundi?

What were men such as Gauss, Galois, Cantor, Euler, Newton, Archimedes, Hardy, Hamilton, Laplace were—what? Ethiopians, no doubt. Or maybe bushmen. I cannot doubt it. There was Ramanujan, one of the greats, Indian. Further back, other Indians and Arabs who came up with our number system, zero, algebra. But it is not Indians and Arabs calling for the endumbment (I say it is a word) of American math.

Counting on their toes in twilit minds, such as Ms. Gutierrez want to pull down mathematics. Those seeking to do this are now called “woke,” but “stupid” would improve clarity.

We must get rid, we are told, of AP courses because the cerebrally negligible can’t understand them. Grammar is discrimination because political sensitives find it puzzling. We must ban the SATs because they make obvious what everybody knows, drop algebra requirements’ in universities because they make visible the inescapable. Math courses are are oppression in the view of education majors and other gibbering cretins. Do anything and everything to placate the malignant envy that bubbles up from septic fields of a doomed country.

Do any of these vandals and victims-studies primitives know what math is, or that only bright kids can do the work? An example of mathematics: Shannon entropy for an independent variable of two outcomes (a coin toss.) P is the probability, -log P the information content. The entropy is of importance in grasping Shannon’s coding for data compression. I am not sure just what “mathematics” means in the minds, if any, of the cognitive flat tires now trying to get rid of it, but acres and acres of such as the above, which kids at TJ probably would regard as entertaining reading, are behind everything that keeps us warm, dry, and fed. Do we really want to let nominal primates in need of remedial evolution debauch a subject of which they do not have, and cannot acquire, a tarsier’s grasp?

I should say in foresightful self-defense that I claim no particular mathematical talent, being a sort of mathematical voyeur, playing with whatever shiny baubles and colored beads I come across, and not in a league with the many real mathematicians found at the Unz Review, where this column lives. But I do not want to eliminate AP math courses for those who do have talent simply to hide the fact that I do not.

What is it that distresses the pullers-down, these incontinently dim, these education theorists, these veritable mollusks, these…forgive my language…sociologists? An easy question easily answered: They resent superiority. In a country where culture wafts from the ghetto, where expansive intellect is hated, superiority is the gravest sin. It must be dragged down. And is being dragged down.

But while students commit the individual sin of genius or a close approximation thereunto, the school as an institution essays the unpardonable. “TJ is now 71 percent Asian, 20 percent white, 2.4 percent Hispanic, and 1.6 percent black” Oops.

You can see the systemic unfairness.TJ has lots of Asians. But not a single goddam box turtle. Clearly a disparate impact. Justice for box turtles!

We are going to compete with China? Do you know how many Asians China has? But, you see, the purpose of a school is not to teach. No. It is to have the right number of blacks.

Dead serious, a case can be made that box turtles might run the schools more creditably than the Victims-Studies nits who currently try to do it: Probably TJ should have open admissions for box turtles. But I want to be careful here I don’t mean alert, intellectually engaged box turtles that score high on the SATs and read Dostoevsky in Russian. Indeed not. That would be to favor intelligence, which we must not do. TJ should seek out dull, puzzled box turtles that can’t find their way home at night, and thus would be Authentic and Of The People.

But let us look again into the maw of the beast:

Seattle “The district has proposed a new social justice-infused curriculum that would focus on “power and oppression” and “history of resistance and liberation” within the field of mathematics…Seattle’s recently released proposal includes questions like, “Where does (sic)Power and Oppression show up in our math experiences?” and “How is math manipulated to allow inequality and oppression to persist?”

God Almighty. What simian babbling. Where, one might ask, does English grammar show up in the eructations of these twits? Darwin has let us down.

This drivel pours from imbecility spigots across the country. These are racial activists, gender-studies majors, justice hustlers. They apparently think that being hired as a TensorFlow programmer at Google comes of “white privilege.” Which of course it does. White privilege, like Asian privilege, means the downstream effects of being smart and studying. Neither of these appeals to affirmative-action admits.

Somebody needs to tell them, “Shut up and go away. Get a job mowing lawns.” But nobody dares tell them. If the levelers succeed, and it seems likely, TJ will have “students” well qualified to be doorstops and courses will have to be dumbed down, and grades falsified. This too will help America compete with China, don’t you think?

Do these dwarves not have any idea where they would be without real mathematicians to take care of them? They would be sitting in grass huts picking lice out of each other’s hair. Do they know—the question is rhetorical—how much math and physics go into a smartphone, none of which most of them know, have heard of, or could be taught?

More, for those who have the stomach to read it:

“Mathematical problem-solving is being deemphasized in favor of more qualitative group projects; the pace of undergraduate physics education is being slowed down so that no one gets left behind…..A typical INCLUDES grant from October 2017 directs $300,000 toward increasing Native American math involvement by incorporating “indigenous knowledge systems” into Navajo Nation Math Circles.”

What the hell is an “indigenous knowledge system”? Kindness would normally prevent my asking aloud why the teaching of mathematics should be determined by the inadequacies of Stone Age nomads. But the desire of dregs to cripple the able is, aside from being an exercise in predatory mediocrity, sure to cripple students who would otherwise produce advances in biochemistry electronics, genetics, multitudinous branches of medicine, and so forth. When someone finally finds a treatment for cancer, it won’t be a heartwarming inadequate with his IQ dragging around his ankles.

Perhaps we should not be surprised at the onrushing enstupidation. American schooling has always amounted to child abuse for the bright. The kid with the 140 IQ in the third grade reads at the eighth-grade level, so that what happens in the class room bores him into sociopathy. Now, as the country surges into the Elysian fields of Soshal Justiss,, things will get worse. I imagine AP math in high school: The teacher says to Sally Wang, “Sally, f-prime of x equals (f(x plus delta x) minus f(x)) all over delta x, the limit as delta x goes to zero.” Then, “Bobby Lou, three horribly oppressed indigenous peoples are beaten senseless by brutal whites exercising unearned White Privilege, and another three violently mistreated native Americans are flogged with whips made from Confederate flags. In all, how many

I need a drink.

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  1. Only the STEM disciplines should be able to get a doctorate. The humanities and social sciences should, at most, be able to get a bachelors degree because what they “know” is just their damned opinion and nothing more.

    Some disciplines with promise, like medicine, should be moved into STEM based educational institutions where real science and engineering might rub off on them to actually find a cure for something instead of bullshitting us for the last 50 years.

  2. Dimocrazy state edukation and Main Scream Media

    have lead the USA down the Godless path of cultural Marxism

    ie

    A day at the races

    A night at the opera

    Duck soup

    • Replies: @another fred
    , @geokat62
  3. Knowing the times table and doing math isn’t necessary. It is all about HOW you feel –that is more important than math.

    • LOL: Realist
  4. Icy Blast says:

    Capitalize “God,” you old bastard.

    • Replies: @joe2.5
    , @Uncle Al
    , @Dave Bowman
  5. Biff says:

    Here in East Asia every parent that can afford it, hires a private teacher to help with their child’s school work in the evenings and on the weekends. My wife’s nieces and nephews all have private teachers.
    The private weekend schools always have packed classrooms as I used to live near one and dreaded the parking problems it created.
    Public education is just not sufficient enough for today’s world; you must supplement it or get out of it all together.

    I can see where things are headed.

    • Replies: @Ugetit
    , @Daddio7
    , @TKK
    , @Anonymous
  6. I must say, when it comes to deconstructing (destroying) STEM, it’s not only leftist-ethnic hate that drives them. The humanities types who come up with these insipid curricula have buried memories of not “getting” higher-level math as well as certain other kids. (That’s why they went into grievance studies.)

    Now they can tear down disciplines that they personally feel slighted by via flooding them with critical theory garbage. We will all suffer for it.

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  7. joe2.5 says:
    @RoatanBill

    Looks like you have no idea how many cures were found, and how many more years of life expectancy and quality life expectancy you got on the average in the last 50 years (and not even reserved to civilized countries.) For not even looking it up, you are hereby retrograded to humanities and social “sciences” forever. Or perhaps not retrograded, if that was already your place.

    • Replies: @RoatanBill
    , @Murali Rao
  8. ” They would be sitting in grass huts picking lice out of each other’s hair.”

    Hey, just a minute there, Freddy boy. Picking lice out of dreadlocks is work, hard work.

    • LOL: Realist, Maowasayali
  9. TG says:

    ‘In the land of the blind, the man with one eye is burned at the stake for heresy.” (Apologies to Jonathan Swift, who understood).

    Yes I hear you and agree. But another point: perhaps not in TJ, but in a lot of academia, the enstupidification is due to a desire to fill seats. So many academic institutions have a quota: in order to remain accredited, we need to recruit XX students. What, we only had YY < XX qualified students apply? Then let's throw out the qualifications! It's kind of like the old Soviet Union: we have a quota to produce 5,000 tractors this year, and we will, even if they are made of cardboard and have square wheels. ‘Diversity’ is in many cases just a fig leaf rather than the prime cause, IMHO.

    And perhaps, this attitude seeps out and infects the rest of society…

    But then we should also consider: this is late to the game. We have CEOs of Wall Street banks, they drive their institutions into the ground through ridiculous inane bets, they get bailed out and become fabulously wealthy and lauded as geniuses and proof of the superiority of competitive capitalism? And now we wonder – WE WONDER – why the rest of society seems to have stopped paying attention to objective performance standards?

    As with fish, rot starts at the head. And the "head" is NOT TJ high school…

  10. Headline “Fairfax school board eliminates admissions test at Thomas Jefferson High School” probably America’s most demanding school for science and technology.

    Elites are a bunch of craven a**holes who worship MLK and impose globo-homo on us.

    Destroy all elite institutions.

    • Replies: @anon
  11. meamjojo says:

    We’re heading to Vonnegut’s ‘Harrison Bergeron’ world (short story) where everyone is equal or made equal:
    https://archive.org/stream/HarrisonBergeron/Harrison%20Bergeron_djvu.txt

    • Disagree: Just another serf
    • Replies: @DrWatson
    , @Dave Bowman
  12. Anonymous[366] • Disclaimer says:

    Mathematics is ALL about ‘inequality’.

    Isn’t that the reason why we solve *equations*? – we use ‘discrimination’ to find the quantity we are actually interested in, in order to ‘separate the wheat from the chaff’, so to to speak.

  13. Great article.
    “Oh god, Oh god. Who is on the school board? Predictably education majors, the dimmest, lowest SAT-scoring dregs of the professional classes, the horror of smart students subjected to their grade-school mentalities. But not just ed majors. Probably also psychologists, sociologists, bored housewives, and liberal-artsy painfully virtuous men alight with Civic Consciousness. Oh god.”
    Having been one, or known them, I can say this is 10o% accurate. [my emphasis].
    Fred’s right to focus on the negatives of envy, resentment etc as motivator’s. And sheer pig ignorance. But, on the “positive” side, all these dead-shits, by pushing this psychotic & degenerate academic “equality” & egalitarianism are furthering their own careers. Hey, they know which side their bread is buttered on. And so the bread is pure poison …? Well, what did Upton Sinclair say about getting people to believe stuff that contradicts their salaries….?
    [Incidentally guys, tempting as it is to blame the humanities, & to deny them any legitimacy etc ? There is still value in learning philosophy, a language, literature etc — if one has the right teachers].

    • Replies: @haha
    , @John Hagan
  14. @joe2.5

    The average MD discovers nothing. (S)he is a salesman for big pharma that we get to pay for. They take credit for what the immune system accomplishes most of the time. A surgeon has an identifiable skill that has real value, but the average pill pusher is of questionable worth to the society while reaping great rewards via the medical union (AMA) that guarantees there’s a constant shortage of doctors according to plan.

    The broader category of Medicine includes the engineers and scientists with STEM backgrounds that actually create the MRI, CT Scan and other inventions that the MD takes credit for because you and I must get all information from the MD. We must get permission slips from the MD, at our expense, for drugs that we already know we need or want. The MD relies on the law for his livelihood as much as his/her medical knowledge.

    The MD gets to prescribe drugs and procedures that regularly kill millions world wide annually. The state provides a license for the Oxycontin maker so the doctor can prescribe that drug while treating the independent drug manufacturer of crystal meth somewhat differently. The meth manufacturer sells a product to a willing buyer with no attempt made at disguising its side effects. The doctor hides behind big pharma’s drugs legal status.

    I’m not impressed with the medical / legal mafia. Is that cure for cancer ready yet? How about heart disease?

  15. That was a hell of a good rant, Fred Reed. This is stuff that Steve Sailer has noted and hashed out in many snarky and often analytical posts over the years. Are you a Steve Sailer fan?

    You do have a great writing style as long as the material is derogatory. When it comes to solutions, you flail around like the Ed majors you rightly deride (see Educational Stupidity on the Peak Stupidity blog). Here’s a solution for those wanting to get away from the BS: homeschooling. What do you think of the homeschoolers*, Mr. Reed? Are they buck-toothed Bible-thumping rednecks? If you don’t reply, I’m gonna assume that’s what you think. That’s your M.O.

    BTW, I really liked the “… excuse my language, Sociologists”!

    .

    * See “Homeschooling – poking the Beast in the eye with a big stick”Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

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  16. MEH 0910 says:


    [MORE]

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  17. Ugetit says:
    @Biff

    Good observation, and I can see where things are headed too.

    Before the “lockdown,” I got almost all of my medical and dental care in an Asian country. Now I pretty much do without rather than subject myself to the idiots here. The quality of the docs there, in both a professional and a personal sense, is way beyond anything one can find in the USA, and that includes the docs at some of the “world renowned” medical centers (money laundering and drug pushing operations, really) I’m familiar with. The majority of them, and their ancillary “help,” are downright stupid as well as ignorant, insouciant, and nauseatingly arrogant. In fact, I know of more than a few cases of extremely skilled foreign docs from Europe and Asia who came here to be associated with and obtain experience with some of the big names, got appalled at the backwardness they found, and returned home despite lucrative and otherwise attractive offers to stay here.

    Like politics, the state of medicine in this country is appalling and seems to be steadily declining along with just about everything else worthwhile. The same goes for the legal “profession” as far as I can tell.

  18. Realist says:
    @RoatanBill

    Only the STEM disciplines should be able to get a doctorate. The humanities and social sciences should, at most, be able to get a bachelors degree because what they “know” is just their damned opinion and nothing more.

    This has been my thought for many years. The requirement for a PhD is to demonstrated the ability to use research skills to create original knowledge. How the hell does one create original knowledge in history (everything in history was known by at least one other person)…or English.

    • Replies: @Carlo
    , @Levtraro
    , @lysias
    , @Realist
  19. @Potemkin villiage bank

    Dimocrazy

    Cute. I bet it catches on. I will steal it for sure.

    With the current election fiasco we have definitely arrived.

  20. Fred, education majors are no longer the dumbest college students. It is now journalism majors.

    • Replies: @Mr. Ed
  21. Uncle Al says: • Website

    Indoctrinated stupid emits less carbon dioxide. Intelligence must be ended to save Planet Earth and all its little children. Tax all meat to end Global Warming. Eat soybean lentil green meals. Describe, locate, expurgate, and extirpate the Evil-EyeQ.

    youtu.be/sE3g0i2rz4w
    https://www.climatedepot.com/

    • Replies: @pyrrhus
  22. Uncle Al says: • Website
    @Icy Blast

    God demands no embellishment. I disdain any god who counts attendance.

  23. pyrrhus says:

    The collapse of American education, which began in the late 1960s, has led to entire generations who don’t have any understanding of math or science…i.e. the Covid lockdowns, and the failure of many to understand that huge spikes of votes for Biden late in the vote count are conclusive proof of vote fraud, since such abnormalities couldn’t occur naturally once in a billion years…C.M.Kornbluth’s ‘The Marching Morons’ has become prophecy…

  24. joe2.5 says:
    @RoatanBill

    Yeah, that’s how it looks from a consumer’s viewpoint. A crassly ignorant US consumer’s.

  25. Carlo says:
    @Realist

    There are still thousands of unreasearched, declassified documents from the USSR and most of its allies out there, that can shed a lot of light into 20th century events. The same for Iraq, after the US invasion lots of state documents from the Saddam Hussein era are also available for historians who know the Arab language and have a real knowledge on its culture and history. We could at last know with full details the conversations between US ambassador April Glaspie and Saddam Hussein and how Iraqis interpreted it as a “green light” to invade Kuwait in 1990. But few real historians are interested in these issues and most prefer to continue with their crazy “critical” theories that are not only useless but severely damaging to our civilization. But that doesn’t mean that social sciences and humanities are useless per se, there is real historic knowledge that can be “produced”, that is gathered, interpreted and divulged, if done by serious, intelligent and non-ideologized people.

    • Replies: @Realist
    , @Anonymous
  26. Mr. Ed says:
    @Clyde Wilson

    It takes old man Reed a while to catch on; like most people in Mexico, he’s not too bright.

  27. ruralguy says:

    I worked in an IR&D organization in a large Defense company, that was top-heavy with STEM PHds (>80%), long ago. Many of these guys (there were a few gals) were either single because of divorce or never married. Most likely never had kids. On a Zoom call, my wife talked with a group of four of her close friends, from 30 years ago. Highly professional, they focused on their careers, neglecting to marry and have kids. Not a single one of those friends married. When younger, they all were good looking. I know this was typical. The smart men and women pursued careers, while the poor low-iq women produced children. In my daughter’s advanced math class at a university, there are no whites in the class, other than mixed kids.

    • Replies: @Malla
  28. @joe2.5

    Why not refute my statements with your own as opposed to just throwing out insults.

    I’d bet you can’t refute them and is why you just spout off with nonsense posts.

    • Replies: @joe2.5
  29. Realist says:
    @Carlo

    There are still thousands of unreasearched, declassified documents from the USSR and most of its allies out there, that can shed a lot of light into 20th century events.

    The requirement for a PhD is to demonstrated the ability to use research skills to create original knowledge.

    You didn’t read my comment very well.

  30. billybob says:

    Fred why are you racist against box turtles?
    Now I hate snapping turtles like anyone else but box turtles…you racist

  31. “71% Asian”

    And that’s where you lost me. I don’t care about them, or their futures. They’ve been over-represented in g&t schools since probably the early 90s and what are their accomplishments? Let’ see, there was Annie Dookhan, crime lab fraudster, who attended one of Boston’s magnet schools. Then there’s Hongjin Tan, convicted criminal who stole trade secrets from his employer. But he’s a Cal Tech grad–surely a genius!

    Tan is part of the long and growing list of Chinese spies in the U.S. (there’s a whole Wiki page devoted to them), many of whom are naturalized citizens who probably gamed schools like TJ, on behalf of mother China. If you love corporate espionage, then by all means give to the TJ academic standards gofundme.

    Only a sellout like Reed would care about these people.

    • Replies: @anon
  32. pyrrhus says:
    @Uncle Al

    You left out eating insects….

  33. pyrrhus says:
    @RoatanBill

    Better yet, ban all social science courses, and of course ethnic studies, at the University level, as Japan has partially done…

    • Agree: RoatanBill
  34. Well yeah, Fred. As a long time friend of mine who was an ex teacher always says, the important things to teach in American grade schools is, “the holocaust”, “wear a condom”, “beware of conservative Americans”,and that “Mexicans do the jobs Americans won’t do,” not necessarily in that order.. Math, science, arts, Bah!! We have the communist Chinese and other people to take care of us when it comes to those things AND take care of us, they surely will…

    • Replies: @GomezAdddams
  35. Daddio7 says:
    @Biff

    Nope, 25% at most need any college. My niece is an excellent sign language translator. She can not get a license because you need an AA to be certified, She tried for two years to pass the algebra needed. There are no mathematics used in sign language. My daughter studied to be a court stenographer, at the start of the third and last semester she had to take an algebra test, WTF? Algebra has nothing to do with typing. She walked out and went to cosmetology school.

    I ran a farm for 25 years and was an automated packaging machine tech for ten years with only a high school diploma. I taught myself computer programing and repair. A four year degree is a huge waste of time and money for most students. My son has two AA degrees and a BS in Business management, he fixes iPhones and loves it. My oldest daughter does have a PhD, in Creative Writing. She teaches college, writes nice poetry and voted for Biden. I rest my case.

  36. Dasdbill2 says:

    I skipped the 2nd grade after 6 weeks of boredom and then mental tests. I began turning into a juvenile delinquent in my 8th grade in a very large public high school (that offered only 2 years of one foreign language), so my parents put me into a Catholic high school for the next 4 years to salvage what was left of my life. The Sisters of Saint Joseph taught me 4 years of French, 4 years of Latin, finagled me into competing in the annual Westinghouse Science Talent Search and becoming a semi-finalist with my home-built decimal to binary converter using magnetic relays to do all the internal Boolean math in the academically required annual school science fair. I also built my own theremin from a schematic diagram I saw in Popular Electronics in my freshman year. The Sisters also instilled in me a fanatical love of learning and excellence. I entered college in advanced placement math, chemistry, physics, and English. I spent 51 years in a career of software development of products that hacked into the operating systems of very large IBM mainframe computers. The hacking was done in order to report on performance of the overall computer system rather than stealing anything. I was paid 6 figures for 30 of my 51 years and garnered 4 software patents.
    My older daughter went to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in the early 90s, and she got even higher scores than I had 30 years earlier on the Scholastic Aptitude Tests. I was jealous but pleased. She ended up majoring in physical chemistry and married another brilliant TJHSST graduate.
    Reading of what has now happened within the alleged minds of school administrators in Arlington County, Virginia, makes me want to puke and mail my puke to these adult delinquents in charge of TJHSST, the best high school in the country for many of the last 10 years. Neither my daughter nor I would ever have accomplished so much if we had been forced into dumbed down curricula by dumbed down woke administrators.

    P.S.: Forgot that I also won a gold medal in my high school senior year in the annual nationwide Auxilium Latinum test for Latin students, scoring 118 out of a possible 120. And I learned to play 6 musical instruments besides the theremin, and studied many other foreign languages after my high school teachers turned me into a learn everything addict.

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    , @anarchyst
  37. Drigh says:

    Why the heck would one need an education in the US of A? Half the population is in the army and the other half are in law enforcement. Csse closed . These people are paid not to think just do as told.

    • Agree: Biff, dimples
  38. How does the “endumbment” of ’Murka’s elite high schools stand up to this in terms of national power:

    “China’s brightest children are being recruited to develop AI ‘killer bots’

    “Beijing Institute of Technology recruits 31 ‘patriotic’ youngsters for new AI weapons development programme…

    “A group of some of China’s smartest students have been recruited straight from high school to begin training as the world’s youngest AI weapons scientists.”

    https://amp.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/2172141/chinas-brightest-children-are-being-recruited-develop-ai-killer

  39. haha says:

    Here is a simple strategy to take down the towers of idiocy in academia. It can succeed because it can be pitched in a non-political way, and, to the extent it is successfully pitched using cunning and smartness, it will be beyond the grasp of the wokes: they won’t know what hit them! Success here will also help change the deluded political climate in the country.

    Here it is: Declare that America is losing the science and technology war and is therefore in need of urgent and wide-sweeping educational reform. The magic word is “Reform”. Also declare that the aim is to promote blacks in science and technology – another magical talisman. To this end, government funding is to be restricted to universities and schools that focus exclusively on the hard sciences and engineering. No money for colleges teaching the various “studies”, social ‘science’, and liberal arts. Students will have to qualify for admission through SAT etc. but will have most of their college fees paid for by the government. Blacks will be admitted on the basis of their percentage in the population, subject only to a minimum performance on the SAT. In addition to free tuition, they will be awarded some free cash as well. Further declare that to promote the “best of the best outcomes”, academic and administrative lead will be taken by “subject matter experts or domain experts” – politically easier to say than to say “leave physics to physicists and mathematics to mathematicians”.

    Those wanting to pursue courses in various ‘studies’ will have to pay their own way. Let them dig themselves deep into debt if they love their ‘studies’ so much! Naturally, some politically correct way to say “no money for useless stuff” will have to be concocted. Maybe some smart carrots can be dangled here as well – perhaps by saying that money saved here will be diverted to special tuition to promising black scholars of mathematics and engineering.

    Note that the above is almost exclusively a “carrots only” strategy – and therefore likely to succeed by creating its own lobby, including amongst the black community.

    • Replies: @Escher
    , @obwandiyag
  40. haha says:
    @animalogic

    “There is still value in learning philosophy, a language, literature etc — if one has the right teachers.”

    Agreed as to first part, disagreed as to the second. Philosophy, literature, history, etc. are best self taught. The great writers did not learn their writing at school, they had the talent and they put in the sweat. Good teachers are really needed only during the first ten yeas of schooling; after that it really is up to the student. Smart parents can be the best teachers for their children. A lot of the school system is really about training kids to be obedient and conforming citizens, very little to do with education.

    • Replies: @Justvisiting
  41. Escher says:
    @haha

    What about the students who get admitted through affirmative action but cannot keep up with the curriculum?

    • Replies: @FortHay
    , @haha
    , @flattop
  42. @RoatanBill

    It’s mighty tempting to dismiss social science as nothing more than idle drek, which is perhaps a main goal of those who have defaced it.

    But the fact that the phrase, “There are lies, damned lies, and statistics” was uttered by one of the most innumerate figures in American history should lend weight to the more accurate idea that statistical lies are plain malpractice, whether through incompetence or malice.

    If you want to know which social science findings are real, just see what competent market-tested statisticians have to say. Does Detroit have the highest insurance premiums in the country across multiple lines? That is a real social-scientific finding. It would be even more accurate sans all government intervention.

    The fact is that betting markets, the true arena of social science, can trace God’s shadow.

  43. joe2.5 says:
    @RoatanBill

    You obviously don’t even know what is part of medicine and what not. No use talking.

    • Troll: bomag, Polistra
  44. Gene Su says:

    I just posted this in R Weissberg’s recent article.

    I can’t help but give in to the urge to repost these thoughts every time I read an article about unintelligent black children destroying the public schools and ruining life for white and Asian children, whether said article is written by R Weissberg, I Mercer, or F Reed.

    [MORE]

    I have really given a lot of thought of what is really the driving force behind the “racial wokism” that has been eating at America for the last 80 years. Why do so many non-blacks not see the black crime problem for what it truly is? The usual answers given by conservatives are:
    – Our education system indoctrinates a great deal of “guilt” or sentimentality into the minds of non-blacks. This can be seen in the myriad of children’s books detailing the past injustices blacks had to suffer.
    – Our entertainment industry (which contains a large number of Jewish elites) always goes through a great deal of trouble to portray blacks in a good light. As Ben Stein once wrote, you’ll never see a black murderer on the detective sitcom “Columbo”.
    – The media goes through a great deal of trouble to hide black-on-nonblack crime. Dylann Roof got lots of press but not the Carr brothers.

    All of these have some grain of truth but none of them are what I think is the most major reason as to why so many non-blacks are fooled.
    – I remember once on lewrockwell.com that someone said that the reason why a lot of whites are fooled is because the blacks they usually come in contact with are decent, intelligent, and hard-working. You can live in a large metropolis like NYC, LA, Philadelphia, and so on and have ZERO contact with the thug sector. You would have to be a police officer or a social worker or have a job that involves personally dealing with the underclass to come in contact with the blacks that the racialists warn you about. The Black American population is very stratified along class lines. The black middle class does NOT allow their children to mix with the dregs.

    There is a powerful flip side to this, however, as to why a lot of whites, and especially white children, do not believe in the existence of the black criminal thug sector.

    Most nonblack (and a large percentage of black) American children attend public schools in the lily white suburbs. They are, for the most part, NOT jungles of incessant violence. However, they also have a great deal of problems. There is very little academic learning in them. I remember learning no new math skills from grades 4 to 6. I also remember reading Tom Sawyer on my own in second grade. The sequel, Huck Finn, came as assigned reading in sophomore year of high school.
    To top that off, there are a lot of white children who are unruly, disruptive, and, yes, violent.
    – In eighth grade, during a fundraiser car wash, an Irish delinquent, who thought his cop daddy would protect him, threw some water balloons at me. When I threw one back at him, he tackled me and beat me senseless. When we went to the principal’s office, he claimed that I started the fight. When I read an article by Colin Flaherty about black children attacking white or Asian children, I always think about that incident in the car wash.
    – Conservatives once played up the incident of a gang of unruly black girls stomping on one another at a McDonald’s a few years ago. The first incident that came to my mind was a fight between two white cheerleaders months after the car wash incident. They were pounding each other’s skulls into the ground over a boy they were both after. The boy, by the way, was a 16 year old delinquent and a “wigger”.
    – The ravings by conservatives that schools are letting black children who committed serious infractions “off the hook” with lenient or no punishments rings hollow to my ears. I have lost count of the number of times when, after being tripped or having rocks thrown at me, I was told by a white teachers to just ignore my white tormentors and that I had better not fight back or else I would get into troubles. The truth is that it is very difficult for a school to expel a troublemaker of any race.

    I believe that my experiences are more common among non-black Americans. It’s the reason why you hear clueless, naïve white college students say something silly and unqualified like: “Oh, I went to a school with a lot of black children. I never had any trouble with them. But I was picked on a lot by a lot of white punks.” That causes me to say: “No, the black children you personally dealt with were better behaved then whites. You are not getting a fair sampling.” It’s for this reason why white America cannot unite against blacks.

  45. flyingcow says: • Website

    Back in 1994, all the ills described in Fred’s piece were already visible…BEETHOVEN WAS BLACK & BROWNE IS WHITE (www.beethovenwasblack.com)

  46. CCZ says:

    Video of post-modern “social justice” advanced mathematics class:

  47. Fred Reed: “American schooling has always amounted to child abuse for the bright. The kid with the 140 IQ in the third grade reads at the eighth-grade level, so that what happens in the class room bores him into sociopathy.”

    That’s why this (further) dumbing-down of the laughably misnamed “education system” may actually be a good thing. If the white race is to be saved, it will need more sociopaths. Because the government illegalizes everything that can threaten it, and the culture of ordinary, non-sociopathic people strongly encourages obedience and staying within the law, only those willing to rebel, commit crimes, and shed blood can cause change.

    Example: As a teenager, in college, I once had a classmate who was a chemistry genius. He had manufactured his own dynamite, and had been using it to discourage negroes from moving into his neighborhood. What the white race needs now is a young, sociopathic genius capable of inventing and deploying his own bioweapons; a youthful version of Dr. Peters in the film Twelve Monkeys.

    • Agree: Tom Rogers
    • Replies: @Old and Grumpy
  48. Bill H says:

    But, but, but… It is so much easier to achieve equality by dragging the top down to the bottom than it is by raising the bottom up to the top. Another case in point is the liberal obsession with the minimum wage.

  49. Rahan says:

    But for real, what’s the plan here?
    Expect the US to continue importing Asians and Europeans who actually can do math and thus maintain a first world level?
    Or do the elites now believe that computers can do the math that needs to be done, and humans don’t have to anymore?

    • Replies: @Dave Bowman
  50. Mathematics was invented in India and refined by the Semitic peoples. I notice you skipped them.

    • Replies: @FortHay
    , @Malla
  51. @haha

    You troglodyte Philistine. Scientists are all autistic uncultured clods. And it shows in their work.

  52. George says:

    Hey Fred, you’re showing your age. Get with the internet, all the kids are doing it. Any time spent learning math from a human is wasted, unless that human has a PHD in math. Best put the kiddies in online classes for everything except gender studies, as once online they might continue studying math instead of gender studies.

    • Replies: @Miro23
  53. FortHay says:

    After teaching math and physics at high school and college for 18 years, I retired just in time. In today’s charged environment I would get into trouble speaking my mind as I am wont to do.

    • Replies: @haha
  54. FortHay says:
    @Escher

    Simple. Dumb down the curriculum and that is exactly what is being done.

  55. FortHay says:
    @obwandiyag

    And I notice you skipped the Incas and Meso-Americans, but mathematics is, or should be, a non-biased science, where history and origin are merely of incidental interest.

  56. haha says:
    @Escher

    Flunk means flunk. And mind you my half-satirical, half-serious proposal does not call for affirmative action except in a very limited and defined way – and with carrots galore to sell it to the black community. Look, once this mockery of academics in the name of woke studies is defunded, many problems will start becoming manageable.

  57. I would suggest that Regis H.S. in NYC is a better school even though all boys. It is free but you need to pass a test for admission in competition with other applicants. It is NOT my alma mater.

    • Replies: @Dan Hayes
  58. haha says:
    @FortHay

    My math teacher in school, when repeatedly pestered by some dim-wit “But, Sir, how did you know to take that step?” would point to his head and explain “By using this. And I suggest you start using yours”. Very politically incorrect by the standards of today but very effective in teaching us that math is equally a fun game as a serious subject. He did motivate some of us to first challenge our brains before asking for help. The fun and competitive spirit that pervaded his classes left many of us with a love for math.

  59. L T says:
    @RoatanBill

    Perhaps this sums up the AMA, Big Drugs, and the lamestream media in one concise verse;

    “But ye are forgers of lies, ye are all physicians of no value.” Job 13:4

  60. Gee, Fred. You’ve got a scanned image of three lines of math there. The right-hand side is a summation over the subscript i. But, in the second and last lines, there’s no more subscript i. How was that summation evaluated?

    Please explain it to us dullards, Fred. How did you evaluate one-half times the base two log of one-half, while i went from one to two?

    This reminds me of interior decorators, furnishing a room called “library” or “study.” They get some books and put ’em on the shelves. What books are they? What’s inside? Doesn’t matter; it’s decorative.

    Fred, Fred, Fred … I’ve often read worthwhile writing from you. But when you decide to write a piece and decorate it with some scanned mathy-looking stuff, like hanging shiny balls on a Christmas tree … well, just skip right to the bottle of Padre Kino.

    • Replies: @Gordon K. Shumway
  61. @Achmed E. Newman

    That was a hell of a good rant, Fred Reed. This is stuff that Steve Sailer has noted and hashed out in many snarky and often analytical posts over the years. Are you a Steve Sailer fan?

    Mr. Newman, I know you’re just trolling Fred here. You’ve been around here even longer than I have. You know what Fred has to say about HBD. Fred loves him his Met-sicans.

    Hey, I like some Mexicans, too. In Mexico. Where they belong.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  62. @Reactionary Utopian

    Mr. Newman, I know you’re just trolling Fred here.

    Not really, I wasn’t, unless you mean just by giving him a hard time about this: With the exception of his new-found Mexicanity (the pro-Mexico posts are simply because he wants to feel he did the right thing bailing out…) he is on the right track. Reed’s problem is he will just disparage everyone, such as Mr. Sailer, who he is channeling here, and the VDare folks, all who are trying to make a damn difference.

    Fred Reed is ranting just fine in this one. Ranting comes easy for him. Getting off his ass doessn’t. Even the latter is OK, but you don’t give people a hard time that are trying to fix the problems he rants about. However, that’s his M.O., from what I read from him half the time.

    Maybe that is trolling, I dunno ;-}

    • Replies: @Dave Bowman
  63. One would think that a veteran observer like Fred would by now be well aware of the fact that one of the Globalists’ highest priority goals is the destruction of the USA, and that the most effective way to do this is by destroying its system of education. This has become obvious to the point that the sarcasm-laden rhetorical handwringing in articles such as this one begins to grate on the reader’s nerves. A far more effective use of Fred’s caustic wit would be to focus it on the people who are truly responsible for the current state of decay: the minions of Soros and his fellow cabalists in the highest echelons of power and their proxies who are implementing these destructive policies. Picking on the human speed bumps at the bottom of the socioeconomic hierarchy who are the most visible symptoms of the problem might be emotionally satisfying and effortless, but it is attacking the symptoms of the disease rather than the root cause.

  64. Malla says:
    @ruralguy

    The Fuhrer would have encouraged them to marry and have many kids.

  65. Malla says:
    @obwandiyag

    Mathematics was invented in India?? Really? Like plastic surgery to get a Ganesha head???

  66. Vonnegut was saying the exact same things in the ’60s. Read “HARRISON BERGERON” by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. first published in 1961.

  67. lavoisier says: • Website
    @RoatanBill

    The average MD discovers nothing.

    Very few people of any profession are talented enough and lucky enough to discover something truly important. That goes for engineers as well. To use this criteria as the worth of any occupation makes most of us worthless.

    You are mistaken if you think physicians are not advancing knowledge. Many of the more important biomedical advances are the work of physician scientists.

    And while I am no fan of big pharma or the doctors who sell themselves out to the industry, you seriously underestimate the scientific and medical advances that have been made against disease in the last fifty years. They did not happen by accident.

    Most physicians are highly skilled and hard working professionals who have spent many years to learn how to diagnose and properly treat disease. My brother in law is a pediatric cardiologist and he is always at the hospital. This discipline should be respected, particularly given that they can make the difference in whether one lives or dies should one fall seriously ill.

    Your complaint reminds me of a friend of mine who had a heart attack in the middle of the night. He was rushed to the hospital and had his blocked artery unclogged by a cardiologist who then put him on a number of medications to stabilize his heart function and followed him in the hospital. My friend complained about the bill from the doctor and said it was close to eight hundred dollars. The doctor had saved his life and he was mad that he had to pay 800 dollars.

    If the mechanic had stuck him with this charge to fix his car he would not have complained half as much!

    Such is gratitude.

    • Replies: @RoatanBill
    , @Stan d Mute
  68. @lavoisier

    Yes, there are some parts of medicine that work. The bulk of it at the family practice level in the US is worth just a bit above spit.

    $800 for something to do with a cardiologist must be somewhere outside the US. I paid $2000 for a bag of saline and 10 minutes of a doctor’s time when I got dehydrated visiting clients in Dallas mid summer and my car’s A/C failed. The medical insurance I paid was somewhere over $1600/mo and that gave me a $5000 deductible. The medical and insurance mafia’s work hand in hand to fleece everyone for their service.

    What chaps my hide is the control the US medical mafia has. I have to make an appointment and wait for a permission slip to purchase a drug I already know I need. The bill for that appointment helps pay the doctors Mercedes lease but does nothing for me plus wastes my time. Many times the doctor hasn’t a clue what’s going on but is prepared to write a script to get you out of his face and on to the next mark. They get paid by how many boxes they can check.

    If I want a test of some sort, I have to get it approved by some MD. I’m paying for it, so why do I need permission to get it? Then the tech doing the testing can’t tell me anything. See your doctor. Some doctor I never met looks at the test and writes up a report that only my doctor can see but I get his bill. I then get the results from my medical warden. Cost upon cost upon cost. Plausible denial all over the place.

    The bulk of what an MD sees and supposedly treats at high cost is taken care of by the body’s immune system. I can’t explain my issue to the pharmacist or a nurse because they are prohibited by law from helping me. Doctors are the choke point in US medicine.

    Where I live now, I had a medical emergency when I cut my arm with an angle grinder while working steel. Long story short, 3 hours elapsed time to get patched up. One surgeon to look at the wound, one doctor to stitch it up along with 2 nurses, lots of liquids and gauze to clean the wound. The hospital bill was the equivalent of US $ 0.50 – 50 cents. Absolute truth and absolutely absurd. The supplies alone cost the hospital plenty, never mind the doctor’s and nurses time.

    I buy a vial of B12 and 5 needles for about US $3. No prescription, no hassle. I have a stock pile of HCQ and other COVID related meds that cost me about US $10. No prescription, no hassle. I haven’t had medical insurance in 16 years.

    • Agree: Rich, Polistra
    • Replies: @Ralph Seymour
  69. @RoatanBill

    The magnitude of the joke known as “medicine” in the US is hard to fathom.

    In Mexico, a doctor visit costs 50 pesos ( $3).

    • Agree: RoatanBill
  70. anon[454] • Disclaimer says:
    @Ralph Seymour

    Oh come on everyone knows that Mexico still heals by voodoo medicine men or some dance, for after all every time Fred post some article the same ole ones are there to cry whine and bitch because he chooses to live in Mexico, but yet just can’t wait to read his next article so they can do it all over again. Humans are sure a funny breed maybe they desend from the monkey clan after all.!!!

    • Troll: Biff
  71. anon[193] • Disclaimer says:
    @Priss Factor

    Elites are a bunch of craven a**holes who worship MLK and impose globo-homo on us.

    Destroy all elite institutions.

    Just make the Ivy League, MIT, Stanford all 100% black. Call it reparation.

    Anyone who says no is a racist, ask them to explain why.

  72. In my youth, Bronx High School of Science was much as Fred describes TJ. It was said that if MIT didn’t select for geographic diversity, half its undergraduates would come from Bronx Science. Given its location in the cesspool of leftist wokeism that is New York, I wonder how it’s doing now.

  73. rburns says:

    I’m loving this. Git an education. I never wanted to go to college. Hated the idea BUT it was a shield against Vietnam–for awhile. I picked the easiest major I could locate which was EDUCATION. Hot dang, safe. I had to do some teaching in a nearby school. I found that the country was doomed observing the punks. Sooooo, wound up in Vietnam anyway thanks to my neighbors and laws. Turns out it was a great time and I found the military life was simple, easy and you could retire early in life. Hot dang, what a deal. Spent 20, getting a decent pension and medical insurance for life. Yep, us EDUCATION majors are the worst, the dumbest, the crappiest of all the others who can’t quit because their pension is nonexistent. Scuse me, I need to work on my bass boat a little. I hear they’re biting.

  74. Jokem says:

    If this keeps up, more and more people will start taking David Duke and his like seriously.

  75. flattop says:
    @Escher

    Does this apply? “Bismarck said that the solution of the Irish question lay in having the Irish to swap countries with the Dutch. He added that the Dutch would make Ireland the most beautiful island in the world while the Irish would neglect to mend the dykes left to them by the Dutch and therefore would be drowned.”

  76. meamjojo says:

    “What is it that distresses the pullers-down, these incontinently dim, these education theorists, these veritable mollusks, these…forgive my language…sociologists? An easy question easily answered: They resent superiority. In a country where culture wafts from the ghetto, where expansive intellect is hated, superiority is the gravest sin. It must be dragged down. And is being dragged down.”
    ——-
    Kurt Vonnegut famously wrote about this issue years and years ago in a short story titled ‘Harrison Bergeron’
    http://www.tnellen.com/cybereng/harrison.html

  77. @Ralph Seymour

    Good info. Now tell us what the average wage is down there in Mehico.

  78. Getaclue says:
    @RoatanBill

    Rockefeller Medicine — they took it over and made it their own: https://www.corbettreport.com/rockefeller-medicine-video/

    • Replies: @RoatanBill
  79. Dan Hayes says:
    @Jim Sweeney

    I believe that Regis applicants’ socioeconomic status are taken into account. That is, all other things being equal, the poorer applicant would be given preference.

  80. anon[102] • Disclaimer says:

    Fred,

    The smart kids may have to seek out instruction via the internet on their own in the future in the more difficult subjects. It seems there is a movement afoot to cancel all advanced placement classes.

    The rich are secretly very comfortable with this Fred. Anything that gives their private-school educated kids an advantage is OK with them. The whole charade is actually all about eliminating competition for the children of the elites. The race stuff is just the phony excuse.

  81. My heart goes out to kids and hard working parents that have no idea what these indoctrination centers are doing to their kids by destroying their character, customs, religion and venerable minds.
    This is child abuse plain and simple.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  82. Nothing says Phuc whitey more than Hollywood and their technopoly apologists. We are witnessing the complete meltdown of society as we once knew it. I personally don’t see any way forward without a major violent overthrow of every branch of government, big tech, Hollywood and race pandering pimps, whores and drug dealers across the nation.
    Until that happens, we are doomed. (as the great Derbyshire quoted)

    • Agree: GeneralRipper
    • Replies: @Jokem
  83. utu says:

    Few years ago Steve Sailer had a math word problem which could have been framed within the context of drawing colored balls from urns but it was framed in the context of mean IQ scores of subpopulations. That’s why it caught Sailer’s attention. Interestingly some IQ aficionados from the Sailer’s blog who alway can pontificate so much and be so ‘clever’ about all kinds of IQ’s failed to strip the problems off the words and failed to transform it into a typical high school level problem in the theory of probability. They were trying to solve the problem on the basis what they knew about IQism instead of solving it as a math problem. For them it was a problem belonging to IQism not math. The metaphor “the map is not the territory” goes both way: when one thinks the map is the reality and this applies to the IQism in general and when one can’t read the map to apply it to reality and this applies to IQists who do not know math.

    • Agree: Max Payne
  84. Tom says:

    Great, though sad article. I’m curious as to what Denzell Washington, Spike Lee and especially that sage of American Wisdom, Morgan Freeman, would have to say about this.

    • Replies: @Dave Bowman
  85. anon[712] • Disclaimer says:
    @Dasdbill2

    I’ll give you an A+ in self-promotion. We get it, that your daughter and yourself are smart. That should take 2 sentences. Tell us something new that will add to the conversation about the dumbing down of American education that doesn’t involve you telling us that you designed and built your first computer in grade one using tubes taken out of the family TV.

  86. Vojkan says:

    Between a discipline intolerant to rambling and an ideology that rests entirely on fallacies, clash is inevitable.

  87. Max Payne says:
    @RoatanBill

    What’s a pilot but an over glorified bus driver.
    What’s a doctor but an over glorified medical technician.
    What’s a teacher but an over glorified supervisor.

  88. anon[712] • Disclaimer says:
    @Bragadocious

    Why are we educating Asia? The majority of the people in the US are still white and we should be educating them not importing Asian immigrants and pretending that they are part of our cognitive elite.

    • Agree: Tom Rogers
    • Replies: @fish
  89. @Ralph Seymour

    And a woman? What does a woman cost?

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  90. Levtraro says:
    @Realist

    How the hell does one create original knowledge in history (everything in history was known by at least one other person)…or English.

    In History, you may create a theory of the birth and growth of the State in several ancient populations and test it with data and prove it right, as Robert L. Carneiro did (look for “circumscription theory”). Many sociologists develop complex models (look for “agent-based modelling”) to create theories and explanations for important social processes like the spread of cooperation.

    In English, the study of the frequency and length of words has applications in information theory. Mandelbrot did some interesting research into that in the 50s.

    You may reply that those examples are actually examples of physics and mathematics applied to the humanities and you would be right.

    • Replies: @Realist
  91. Don´t burn out Fred, you are where mathematics, formatting and content meet! I am not one of the smarts, but they are way more interesting pointers then chaos on a soccer tribune and pit-bulls in a slummy backyard. Leper and genius become synonyms. That said not all lepers are synonyms.

  92. Miro23 says:
    @George

    Hey Fred, you’re showing your age. Get with the internet, all the kids are doing it. Any time spent learning math from a human is wasted, unless that human has a PHD in math. Best put the kiddies in online classes for everything except gender studies, as once online they might continue studying math instead of gender studies.

    Good point. There are some brilliant teachers online and they’re covering all kinds of topics.

    Personal experience: To upgrade the maths of an 8 year old I invested 150 euros per year in an online course* of short videos and tests on each topic from basic to advanced (about 30 minutes each day for the two of us). After 4 years he went from middling to top in his year, winning the school maths prize – so it does work.

    * Maths Online https://www.mathsonline.com.au/ Very gifted teacher (Patrick Murray).

    • Thanks: Montefrío, another fred
    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  93. Ah Reed you and Unz… it’s not just to admit blacks… dumbazz… It is to admit your beloved cholos you have to omit that don’t you? Fairfax is not very black anymore stupid, but very cholo crap for brains..
    Your beloved Latinos are a teeny tiny fraction of the TJ population.. but a huge voting block in Northern VA..

    One of the school board members you rightfully deride is a Latino who loves Cesar Chavez.. this idiot like you and Unz doesn’t know that Chavez beat up illegal aliens from your beloved South of the Border and kicked them back across..

    So year Reed you are right about the stupid school, but you are not right about who they are hankering to admit..

    Your beloved cholos have led the stupid state to being a fcking Democrat stronghold…

    But you and Unz go on dreaming about the natural conservatives… You are right about one thing…they do hate blacks… but wrong about how they vote their own interests and that is mostly Democrat…

  94. DrWatson says:
    @meamjojo

    Absolutely brilliant short story. How prescient he was – I love Vonnegut (even though he was a bit of a Leftie).

    From Wikipedia:

    Vonnegut disregarded more mainstream political ideologies in favor of socialism, which he thought could provide a valuable substitute for what he saw as social Darwinism and a spirit of “survival of the fittest” in American society,[111] believing that “socialism would be a good for the common man”.

    Vonnegut expressed disappointment that communism and socialism seemed to be unsavory topics to the average American, and believed that they may offer beneficial substitutes to contemporary social and economic systems.[115]

    So he should be so happy now, goddamn bastard.

  95. chris says:

    Converting the educational system into a system of indoctrination, inevitably leads to a socialistic economic system. This is because propagandized student will have to be given jobs, as they will not be qualified to perform economically viable work. That will, of course take its toll on the entire economy.

    The good news is that China has done all this in the 1970s and everyone can see how well they’ve recovered 50 years later. We will, by necessity be following in their footsteps. (I’m being sarcastic)

    • Replies: @another fred
  96. gotmituns says:

    Just do away with these education centers/schools. They’ve been obsolete for years now.

  97. Oh, come on! Some of you aren’t getting it!

    A dumbed down populace is so much easier to control. See how simple that is?

    Now, you take those with real brains. They’re the ones you gotta watch out for. They tend to flip their government…and others…the middle finger and then go off and come up with something better.

    Test on Friday!

  98. @CelestiaQuesta

    The children don’t have a choice, but the parents do. Even if it’s not switching to homeschooling, at least they can speak out about it. Most are too scared to be called names, so they let their children learn wrong and get abused.

  99. I notice the oikophobic boomer is careful to make a point of saying that the majority of the school’s students are Asians.

  100. @Miro23

    You can get the kid on Prodigy, and it’s hard to get him to stop. However, it’s really a video game interspersed with math questions, as I keep telling my 9 y/o.

    When school was completely out last Spring, I taught him geometry, using ruler/protractor/compass and addition/subtraction/multiplication/simplification of fractions. That was in 2nd grade, officially, while the eventual take-home stuff was closer to arts & crafts. “Is this what you were doing in school, spending, 1/2 the time on arts & crafts?” I asked him. “No, maybe about 1/4 of the time.” Like I said, we were working on fractions.

  101. geokat62 says:
    @Potemkin villiage bank

    Dimocrazy state edukation and Main Scream Media

    have lead the USA down the Godless path of cultural Marxism

    No, Jewish Supremacist Organizations (JSOs)

    have lead the USA down the Godless path of cultural Marxism

  102. onebornfree says: • Website
    @RoatanBill

    “Should” this and “should” that? Hmm, and you claim to be an anarchist? [And BTW, your assertion that social sciences are just someones “damned opinion”, while “real science” somehow presumably always rings true is at least as equally misguided.]

    The real problem here is a government- run education system. What Reed complains about in this essay, is the perfectly logical outcome of the initiation, years ago, of that system. It cannot be improved/fixed by the governments enforcement of new rules such as those you appear to dream of.

    Get the government completely out of ALL education so that individuals are free to choose what type of education is right for them, or for their children-that’s the real fix .

    Regards , onebornfree

  103. Realist says:
    @Levtraro

    You may reply that those examples are actually examples of physics and mathematics applied to the humanities and you would be right.

    Not one of your examples creates original knowledge. Nor is physics used in your examples…applied simple math maybe.

  104. TKK says:
    @Biff

    I lost a few friends when I aggressively told them to knock off the Little League sports and hire a private math tutor for their overweight, dullard kids.

    This was regarded as heresy, UnAmerican!

    For the ones who tried to understand, I explained: Your boy is never going to be in the NBA/NFL. This is a Horatio Alger pipe dream to sell Nikes.

    But he can be a research scientist, or dentist, if he can smash organic chemistry.

    These white parents still don’t understand that no help will ever be given to a working class white. De’Quan will have the red carpet rolled out if he can write a sentence with a noun and verb and be present at school with a tucked in shirt.

    It is utterly depressing.

    • Replies: @Tim too
  105. Truly amazing how Reed has to contort this essay to avoid that one of the favored groups that do not get into Thomas Jefferson School for Koreans (the main Asian group in Fairfax VA–I used to live there) is get this Reed:

    Latinos!!! They don’t get into TJ at all either like the blacks you and Unz hate!!! But they are more important to voting in Fairfax than blacks!!!

    Ms Gutierez in this essay wishing to remove math?? What is the origin of that name Reed? It’s not L’Tysha Jones saying this…

    So Reed… the identity politics that you are bitching about isn’t just the darker color of the color revolution…

    But go ahead and tell us again how wonderful your new country is..

  106. @Getaclue

    I’m a Corbett subscriber. He’s done excellent work on numerous topics.

  107. Anonymous[251] • Disclaimer says:

    So, they let ‘them’ in. Then what? Do you keep passing them through until graduation. Math is a subject that you can’t B.S. your way through. I’ve often wondered, how does an affirmative action candidate get through to graduation. ? Or, do they wash out long before?

    • Replies: @cynical pete
  108. “Do they know—the question is rhetorical—how much math and physics go into a smartphone, none of which most of them know, have heard of, or could be taught?”

    Forget smart phones, the idiots don’t even know how their beloved pairs of sneakers are made…

  109. @chris

    Converting the educational system into a system of indoctrination…

    State run education was indoctrination from the get-go.

    • Agree: chris
    • Replies: @flashlight joe
    , @chris
  110. Dr. X says:

    Strange that a country once at least literate, a country for decades way and gone the world’s font of science and technology, a country that at its apogee put men on the moon and invented the modern world, should intentionally suppress the intelligence that made it what it was and reduce itself to the level of picking wild bananas and digging for roots.

    It’s called “communism,” Fred.

    • Replies: @annamaria
  111. @Dr. Robert Morgan

    You realize most white kids don’t even know how to use a screw driver. Mommy dearest would consider such a tool degrading to the spawn she opted not to abort. Nor does your classmate sound like a sociopath if he is using his unique skillset to defend his neighborhood. More like an interesting, albeit good, guy to have living next door. Now if he were making dynamite for the fun of hurting people and animals, he would be a sociopath. Either way just don’t piss him off.

    • Replies: @Hacienda
  112. @haha

    I was fortunate enough to be taught by outstanding teachers at an excellent prep school and college many decades ago.

    They actually taught me too much–I learned to question everything, trust no-one, and assume everyone had a scam artist inside waiting to get out…..

    It is little wonder the elites want to crush _that_ type of education.

  113. Seems like dumbing down the US has been the plan since the Johnson years. What really makes it worse is all this self esteem garbage rammed into the youth. They are completely oblivious to their own lack of merit. The bottom line is we really need to decommission the nukes tomorrow .

  114. @Icy Blast

    Capitalise “bastard”, you old god.

  115. @meamjojo

    What Vonnegut did not clarify – and countless millions still as yet do not understand – is that EVERYONE will be “equal” – except Whites.

    That’s quite an “except”, don’t you think ?

  116. Walter says:

    Tarsiers are a conservation dependent species meaning that they need to have more and improved management of protected habitats or they will definitely become extinct in the future…

    Some people might imagine “tarsier’s grasp” to mean some obscure item found in hardware stores.

  117. profnasty says:

    Oh Fred, wah wah wah. Your kind is done. Of the 20% White, I guarantee 50% Jew. Of the 10% real White, 50% girl. So, 5 White boys in class of 100.
    And those, hated.
    You should move to a foreign country and marry a Black woman. You ain’t gonna like it here.

    • Replies: @Jim Bob Lassiter
  118. @Reactionary Utopian

    To evaluate a summation with no variables, multiply the expression by the number of i’s the sigma indicates, 2 in this case. The base 2 log of 1/2 is -1. Half of that is -1/2. As i goes from 1 to two, the expression remains at -1/2, because it is independent of i. -1/2 + -1/2 = -1. and the negative sign to the left of the sigma cancels the negative. The second and third lines are valid, but I have no idea what line one is about, nor how it leads to line 2. I would need more information about the H(X) function and why both i and b are two.

    • Replies: @unseated
  119. Anonymous[343] • Disclaimer says:
    @Carlo

    We could at last know with full details the conversations between US ambassador April Glaspie and Saddam Hussein and how Iraqis interpreted it as a “green light” to invade Kuwait in 1990.

    This was known at the time. It was published in U.S. English language newspapers including the Washington Post and New York Times. There was never an attempt to conceal it. Don’t be an idiot.

  120. anarchyst says:
    @Dasdbill2

    I too stagnated in school because of my ability to complete coursework in a few weeks that took the rest of the class a whole school year to complete.
    In those days the concept of “gifted” students was not recognized. “Staying with the class” was the norm. Those who did not (me) were basically ignored.
    As a result, I “shut down”, doing poorly in school, even being “held back” in elementary school.
    From a true educational standpoint, I prospered on my own, teaching myself mechanical and electrical engineering, knowing “why” and “how” things worked with the subsequent formulas and processes behind them.
    I wish that the internet would have been available at the time.
    With the internet, who knows where I would be now?
    I have to say that I have had a successful career in many disciplines, partially due to open-minded employers and others who saw my value to them beyond having a “piece of paper” degree.

  121. anarchyst says:

    It was just as bad in the 1960s. In fact, Detroit high schools had “black students unions” that was successful in getting the American flags removed from the front of the schools and replacing it with “black nationalist” flags.

    The ordeal that us white students had to go through was harrowing, to say the least. White students did not use the restrooms, as a “beatdown” by multiple blacks was usually the result.

    Blacks never fought one-on-one, the “pack mentality” was evident then as is today.

    Any attempts by us whites to defend ourselves was met with indifference, and even outright hostility from school officials. You see, even then, blacks were not “responsible” for their behavior.

    Blacks did not want to learn, the same situation that still exists today. Even then, blacks were disruptive. Most of the teachers just shrugged their shoulders, let the disruptions go on until the next class period.

    Teachers were deferential to blacks, although there were a few good teachers who tried to carefully shield their white and asian students from predatory blacks, giving us additional attention and coursework, knowing that we could excel in spite of the, violent, raucous atmosphere.

    Anywhere blacks go, they destroy…

    • Replies: @Walter
  122. @Rahan

    do the elites now believe that computers can do the math that needs to be done, and humans don’t have to anymore?

    Yes.

    Things really are that bad

  123. Walter says:

    I recall tempest at a university law school about 1969. The law school under political pressure admitted unprepared students on account of their appearance. In the instance this appearance qualification was that they evidence African genetic origin. Of course this qualification did not help them on the exams, but they expected passing grades to be awarded, just as their admissions had been awarded. Because of their inaccurate self-perceptions they objected to the failing grades they received – and complained to the Dean when their professor awarded these.

    The Dean called in the Professor and asked her to change the grades.

    The Professor asked “How can I do that?”

    The Dean said “You ought to”

    Professor said “No”

    Next day the Professor’s parking spot was moved far far away to dark corner of vast parking lot.

    (where she was liable to rape/murder/mugging, as everyone knew. It looked like a set-up)

    That afternoon she quit.

    (Her family freed for religious-ethical reasons, at considerable expense, their Negro slaves in Carolina about 1675, and later generations fought in the Revolution, ran an underground railroad station in Ohio, moved to Bleeding Kansas to prevent slavery there, and fought with the Ohio Volunteers in the Civil War. John Brown was a family hero. She despised bigotry. But passing grades to unqualified and stupid students on account of their appearance was no more reasonable than any self-defeating crime.)

    So, now, many people say I ought to pay extra taxes as “reparations”. Will the descendants of those we helped escape, those poor people we defended at the risk of our own lives, pay me? If so we might agree to forget it.

  124. Anonymous[174] • Disclaimer says:
    @Biff

    Not just in East Asia do parents attempt to give their children an unbeatable edge. Years ago my Chinese neighbors, engineers working for IBM, had kids in the same grade as mine. One of their kids, a fourth grader, was bragging to mine that she was learning how to do well on the college boards (already in the fourth grade) at the “Chinese school” she attended every Saturday. Jews have long had SAT prep courses at their synagogues, and one of the main venues for the recent admissions scandal was a Jewish synagogue in LA, I believe it was.

    The Indians in my experience, as well, know every trick in the book to push their kids ahead. In India wealthy parents routinely buy their children seats in med schools where grades are for sale as well. Don’t take my word for it, look up the Reuters exposé yourself. Indian kids from one family in our town whose father was a wealthy Wall Street banker got international “minority” scholarships to an Ivy League school despite their being strictly mediocre students. So, let’s not limit this to these Asians’ learning memorization and test-taking skills as the basis for advancement in contrast with actual knowledge, given that unmerited “minority” privilege granted to Asians is handicapping our native talent as well. I’ve read that in this country and based on sheer numbers there are far more high IQ whites than there are these Asians and Jews combined, such that praising Asians obscures the point that there has been a highly organized plan run mainly by Jews to displace white males from the sciences and managerial fields requiring mathematical thinking.

    As Sylvanus P. Thompson put it in the prologue to his 1910 classic Calculus Made Easy, “considering how many fools can calculate [or give the appearance of such by memorization without comprehension], it is surprising that it should be thought either a difficult or tedious task for any other fool to learn how to master the same tricks.” Thompson was writing for white school boys in the fifth form, or about 16 years old, and by page 20 he’s explaining the case of differentiating a function with a negative index in which he assumes the binomial theorem’s expansion with a negative index is so typically understood by such boys that he need only go through the first few steps. Sound simple enough? Have a look after trying this expansion yourself. The book is available free at archive dot org and probably other places as well. Even if you have no interest in calculus yourself, I believe you’ll agree after looking this short book over that it’s ample evidence that white school boys are hardly innately inferior to the offspring of our Jewish and Asian overlords, which this article subtly implies.

    • Thanks: SeekerofthePresence
  125. Thirdtwin says:

    Apparently, we have dumbed down to the point where the math proving massive vote fraud is so incomprehensible to average people that it is nothing more than trickery. Statistics, probability, simple addition and subtraction only cause headaches. Benford’s law? Racist bamboozling. The fact that math is being used to oppress and discredit only a few black Democrat districts in a handful of states is all the proof needed to show math is racism used by racists.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  126. @profnasty

    He’s already done the next best thing. (in a foreign country, that is)

  127. @Achmed E. Newman

    Fred Reed is ranting just fine in this one. Ranting comes easy for him. Getting off his ass doessn’t.

    Or we could just live in a world where people are intelligent and perceptive enough concerning human nature to leave writing to WRITERS, and revolutions to REVOLUTIONARIES. See how that would work ?

    But that seems a bit of a stretch for people like you. I don’t know what you do for a living, but based on your understanding of the realities of life as evidenced by your comment here, you should probably be doing something else.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  128. Mr. Ed says:
    @RoatanBill

    Gosh, I wonder just how many of the posts on this site were written by STEM types (I’m one myself, BTW); the answer, I’m very confident, is ZERO, and it’s NOT a coincidence. STEMs are good at engineering and rotten, and usually completely ignorant, at EVERYTHING ELSE.

  129. Hacienda says:
    @Old and Grumpy

    You realize most white kids don’t even know how to use a screw driver.

    Most people on this planet don’t appreciate the greatness of the screwdriver. The screwdriver can make up for a ton of wrong decisions, misspent time, financial idiocy.

  130. @Malla

    obwandiyag is just another Black dude with a massive chip on his shoulder against Whitey.

    I’m surprised he didn’t mention how it was African Kangz who taught Europeans how to bathe!

    • Agree: Malla
    • Replies: @Stan d Mute
  131. @Malla

    Only dysgenics is permitted in today’s social zeitgeist. Hence any attempts to change fertility dynamics are bad if they aim to increase the quality of humanity, such as through tax relief for the cognitive elite and other elite programmes. Things like heaping infinite welfare to the dregs of humanity, both within the West and without is fashionable and humanitarian.

    You see, what the world actually needs right now is more malnourished Africans to replace the Germans and Swedes who are getting too old.

  132. @Mr. Ed

    I have degrees in biochemistry, physics, and mathematics. Today I am a professional dog walker. I got tired of trying to teach kids who were either unable or unwilling to learn.

    • Replies: @gotmituns
  133. gotmituns says:
    @Gordon K. Shumway

    you’re doing what you were called to do.

  134. Walter says:
    @anarchyst

    Indeed so, but I took care to learn to fight (this was part of the canon ) from my father, who fought every day at school in New York circa 1920. I learned. The poor bigots and smucks that attacked me got hurt, bad. I used to have to chase the ones that ran away.

    But yeah, sometimes you have to run or carry a weapon.

    If I were a school-kid now they’d expel me and put me in jail. Otherwise some “oppressed minority” kid would shoot me.

    BTW my reading tests in the 3rd grade scored “14+” ie Junior or Senior in College. I aced the SAT cold, and joined a construction union. Now I am old.

    Smart or stupid one must learn to fight.

    • Replies: @SeekerofthePresence
  135. Anonymous[174] • Disclaimer says:
    @Thirdtwin

    It’s an attack on a lot more than mathematics and extends to the destruction of meaning in language itself–but only for whites. These Chinese, Indian, and Jewish kids grow up in parallel cultural universes at home that see whites as an enemy that must be beaten by whatever means and alliances are available at the moment, which in today’s case is largely a conspiracy to eliminate white boys from the sciences and fields requiring skill in math, such as engineering and finance. White feminists are more than OK with this since unmerited female preferment in admissions, hiring, and advancement is also granted them for the purposes of excluding more competent white males.

    More generally, however, meaning itself is under attack, with the redefinition of the obvious to the disadvantage of whites, such as the constructivists’ efforts to denigrate conceptual thinking, vocabulary, grammar, and logic itself to a position no better than that of the Kikuyu or America’s blacks on the grounds of epistemic pluralism. I’ve been seeing this fictional word, Wakanda, now used to mock the absurdities of epistemic pluralism such that blacks have epistemic methods of equal value to those of Western Civilization based on coherence, non-contradiction, and correspondence with observation and experimentation. This sort of intellectual claptrap, incidentally, is blown away in Paul Boghossian’s short and brilliant book, Fear of Knowledge.

    Somehow we must educate white boys, given the now blatant nature of the attack, to the fact there’s a war being waged against them to relegate them to oblivion in which their own feminist mothers and doofus, NFL-watching fathers must be forgiven for ignorantly playing a key role.

  136. @onebornfree

    @RoatanBill

    “Should” this and “should” that? Hmm, and you claim to be an anarchist?

    Indeed senor Bill as sworn anarchist does regularly carpet bomb us with holistic cures for want of admitting he’s just another disgruntled malcontent expatriate in Honduras who holds court here regularly by way of permenent soapbox platform status provided through kindness of Mr. Ron Unz.

    The same old, “I have no values for you or your outcome but listen to me” delusions/delusionary.

  137. @onebornfree

    @RoatanBill

    “Should” this and “should” that? Hmm, and you claim to be an anarchist?

    Indeed senor Bill as sworn anarchist does regularly carpet bomb us with holistic cures for want of admitting he’s just another disgruntled malcontent expatriate in Honduras who regularly holds court upon those responsive to his attacks here by way of permanent soapbox platform status provided by the kindness of Mr. Ron Unz.

    The same old, “I have no values for you or your outcome but listen to me” delusions/delusionary.

    • Replies: @RoatanBill
  138. Memejon says:

    Hey, write that in Spanish. I could hardly read and understand all that.

  139. Anon[319] • Disclaimer says:

    The whole phenomenon of the state trying to push blacks up the ladder of success is because blacks have hit a wall. Once their working class jobs vanished or went to Hispanics, the only way they can get equal with whites is artificial promotion. If blacks weren’t congregated in big cities, their Democratic leadership wouldn’t care about their wants as a voting block.

  140. fish says:
    @anon

    Why are we educating Asia?

    Because Asia pays full freight……somebody has to subsidize all those diversity functionaries.

  141. anon[296] • Disclaimer says:

    You have a school in NoVA that has stringent requirements for admission and matriculation in which the Irish were underpresented, even though Irish have been awarded the liars share of Noble prizes and achievement in industry.

    This is a very bad look for the Irish since beyond the famous Potato genocide, it is the famous Irish Brains that is the pretext of Irish taking over every insitution in this nation. What are the non-Irish to think if TJH in NoVA has rooms full of American Asians “because we have a very strict standard of admission”? Not a good look for the Irish.

    If I were a super rich American Asian, I’d start a university and apply very strict standards. I’d have my kids apply for it.

  142. @The Soft Parade

    To the best of my recollection, you and I have never exchanged ideas. No guts?

    Instead of sniping at me from the side, why not try taking me on with reason and logic?
    Can you do that or are you just a lot of hot air.

  143. @another fred

    Correct. The educational brainwashing is why everyone believes the “War Over Slavery” myth.

    Read Abraham Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address (at abrahmlincolnonline.com) to learn that his true purpose, as in most internal wars, was to make the Southern States bow down and pay their taxes.

    But everyone has been “government educated” to believe that Lincoln invaded the South and killed over half a million of his own people to do something nice for someone else! As if anyone ever goes to war to do something nice for someone else.

    This is the reason we should abandon government schooling. It is about brainwashing your kids and teaching them to be good wage slaves.

    As to what realist (comment #19) said above:

    “How the hell does one create original knowledge in history (everything in history was known by at least one other person)…or English.”

    If fact, history does change as we learn the myths are incorrect. Both the war over slavery myth
    and the jewish holocaust myth are crumbling.

    I am sure there are many more things we believe as history that were not really so.

    • Agree: chris
  144. Anon[240] • Disclaimer says:

    Picasso once said that he had to learn to paint people as having two eyes and one nose before he could paint them as having one eye and two noses. I believe this approach applies to a proper high-school education, but that it is now out of fashion. When I attended a mid-pack suburban H.S. during the early 60’s, we learned the two-eyes-one-nose stuff extremely well. Younger people today usually lack this “foundational” knowledge, have no interest in hearing about it, and so all is lost.

  145. chris says:
    @another fred

    Yeah, of course, what I meant to say, of course, was that in the past thre had been indoctrination with some education, in the near future there’ll just be the indoctrination.

  146. Tim too says:
    @TKK

    Whoa up there TKK, above you will see posts by ‘Uncle Al’ . Ask Uncle Al his opinion about this.

    He will tell you about domestic outsourcing, and all those professional work visa people from India and China. =>heavy wage suppression. Uncle Al is an organic chemist. He can tell you a lot of things.

  147. anonymous[344] • Disclaimer says:

    Having virtually no head for higher mathematics, I have no idea what that equation is about or what it means –but I sure do envy and admire those who do. And now it looks like they are going to suffer at the hands of the 21st century version of the Waffen SS.

    A monumental tragedy is unfolding before our eyes.

    • Replies: @Fox
    , @Vojkan
  148. You can have a functional, thriving society or a decaying society worshiping minority self-esteem.

    Never both.

    • Agree: Fox
  149. Fox says:
    @anonymous

    What we are seeing is Bolshevik tactics and goals being put in action: To degrade order and an orderly community in order to introduce an absolutely rigid and regimented order that brooks no opposition. The Bolsheviks did not disappear with the dissolution of the system that was principally based on Stalin’s absolute insistence on a single power stance concentrated in his hands and drawing this power from a vein in human personality that argues and acts from a point of envy, from misgivings, from a will to destroy and to seek chaos. This same personality was activated to destroy the world of the ancients when their temples, libraries, teachings, knowledge, monuments, statues, gods and customs were razed, outlawed and suppressed beginning with the reign of Constantine.

  150. lysias says:
    @RoatanBill

    The Harvard Ph.D. program in Classical Philogy requires the ability to read and write Greek and Latin and to read German and French and to pass exams on reading lists containing the main works of Greek and Latin literature. That’s not just somebody’s damn opinion.

    In addition, to get the degree, I had to write to write a dissertation for which I had to write programs with which I could count rhythmic patterns in Greek authors. Again, that’s not just somebody’s damn opinion.

    • Replies: @RoatanBill
    , @Polistra
  151. Vojkan says:
    @anonymous

    An explanation here:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entropy_(information_theory)

    It’s used in IT for so-called Shannon lossless data compression. I don’t know how pertinent it is for illustrating an article about elite high school admission, in France it’s college / university level applied mathematics, and I don’t think understanding it is worthy of special regard, it’s part of standard IT training, but then Fred Reed wouldn’t be Fred Reed without a little decorative extravaganza.

  152. lysias says:
    @Realist

    For my Harvard doctoral dissertation, I used a computer to count rhythmic patterns in the works of Demosthenes and other Greek prose authors in an attempt to determine the authorship of disputed works in the corpus of Demosthenes. How is that not original research?

    And in ancient history new evidence keeps turning up. Inscriptions. Archaeological finds.

    • Replies: @Realist
  153. Jokem says:
    @CelestiaQuesta

    ‘We are witnessing the complete meltdown of society as we once knew it. I personally don’t see any way forward without a major violent overthrow of every branch of government, big tech, Hollywood and race pandering pimps, whores and drug dealers across the nation.’

    Expect a visit from the FBI shortly…

  154. Many of the comments posted here for Fred’s article appear to be racist and\or just simply the stupid who appear to inhabit most rural areas of the United States. Unfortunately we have them here in the more cosmopolitan centers as well.

    Maybe if some of these people would do a little research on the subject they would find that the dropping of the admissions exam at Thomas Jefferson High School was not to just to increase Black and Hispanic attendance at this school but to also prevent the burgeoning Asian component that is beginning to take up a major proportion at America’s top institutions.

    So Fred is absolutely correct to take up the mantra regrading the declining levels of American education.

    The situation that is now occurring at Thomas Jefferson High School is in part the result of more open and liberal policies that the Left have been promoting for years. Now it seems to have slightly backfired on them. Instead of developing a sense of equality among the student population, such policies have in fact worked as intended, thus allowing the smartest and the brightest students in the United States to gain entry into this prestigious high school, most of whom now come from our Asian community where education is sacrosanct in practically all Asian families.

    American families in general, including the White ones, have done a much poorer job of providing incentives for high educational standards simply because Americans have in general never found such educational priorities all that important (unfortuiately that is backed up by large portion of historical documentation). Back in the 1950s and 1960s when I grew up, there were far more families that promoted educational excellence but this is no longer. This is why so many of us native born in the United States and White as well were able to generate so many people in the sciences and engineering fields at that time. And the fact that the majority of our nation was White, which is no longer.

    This deterioration did not begin in the 1960s as Fred would like to think, though we had our indications that something may be afoot back then. The actual period of this deterioration began in the 1980s when a cultural shift began under the Reagan administration whereby finances and business expertise began to take root. Even Newsweek at the time, in a major expose on this shift noticed this.

    This emphasis on these two far easier fields of study reached a climax with the dot.com bubble of the early 2000s when everyone thought they could be a business entrepreneur.

    Back in the 1960s however, when I went to school, for someone to take an Education degree or one in Business Administration, they were considered the losers in the student population. But further, those who studied history and other social Sciences were not considered as such in that vein simply because we all knew that such fields of study were the backbone for the production of a well rounded society and without, there would be a great deal of trouble in building.

    For example, the study of history is actually a critical field of endeavor that is actually just as important as any technical course of study as it is only history that can help people understand the mistakes of the past and why we think we do as we do today. For example, most people still consider Germany to be the nation that initiated World War II. However, read the in-depth diplomatic histories of the Inter-War period, which are hard to find (even Amazon has few books on the subject unless you know what you are looking for), one comes across a completely different perspective that places Poland as the catalytic fire to this tragic conflict.

    Many would even view such histories as “revisionist” but like science, history is a field that is supposed to be updated as new research comes to the fore. To date, most Americans really don’t care about this reality behind history as they are mostly comfortable with what was spoon-fed them in High School.

    This is also why our nation is such a mess currently; we have no balance for understanding anything anymore as many posters here have demonstrated.

    However, if anyone took a little time to research Fred’s piece, one would have found that a major lawsuit is now in the courts to bring an injunction against the school board for their ridiculous decision regarding the admission exams (see… https://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/article/Lawsuit-challenges-admissions-changes-at-elite-15705186.php).

    And it is in fact, the Asian parents that are bringing such a suit. And they should.

    And the article does also show that Blacks and Hispanics do in fact attend this school but in very small numbers. As far as the Black percentage is concerned there appears to be a very good reason for this.

    Years ago, a study was done as to why Black students often did not make it into the elite of technical, educational institutions. And the surprising result was hardly a racist one. What the study found is that the Black Community, for whatever reasons, excelled in the Humanities where they began to contribute to such studies far more than their White counterparts. Thus we have the possible reasoning here that Black families encourage their young to study the Humanities over that of science. Had they done the same thing towards the scientific fields, I am sure they would have excelled just as well as our Asian students.

    So while the school in question is egregiously wrong in endeavoring to change one of the factors that made it one of the educational jewels in our nation, what they are attempting to do will simply not work until the cultural emphasis in the Black Communities is changed; something that no institution can do.

    Hopefully, the plaintiffs in the law suit will be successful…

    • Replies: @TheTrumanShow
  155. @lysias

    Did you learn how to say – Do you want fries with that? in Latin as part of the degree program?

    Having a language skill is not an opinion. You’re right about that. But since you spelled Philology wrong and because it’s as useless as having the skill to make flint tools, I suggest you wasted your time on that nonsense.

    On a trip to Alaska, I met a guy in a rubber suit that maneuvered a jet boat at high speed on a river with rapids for tourists. He had a PhD in Leisure Studies. At least he does something that someone else wants to pay for.

    • Agree: Realist
  156. anon[963] • Disclaimer says:

    “. . . and read Dostoevsky in Russian.”

    Yes, yes, that’s all well and good for intellectual snobs, but most Americans prefer to read Dostoyevsky in the original English.

    • LOL: fish
  157. @Jokem

    Expect a visit from the FBI shortly…

    LOL

    Yes they can visit the homes of , say 35 million Americans. Approximately half the number of people who voted for Trump.

    Whatever you do, don’t speak up and stay inside with your face diaper on!

    Best of luck to them in that little endeavor.

  158. anon[199] • Disclaimer says:

    This is good. I want them to keep this up so more families will turn to homeschooling. Our local homeschool co-op is full of gifted kids who are bored to tears in school, others were pushed into homeschooling by the insane sex ed curriculum in WA public schools, now to get a lot worse with the new Kindergarten sex ed law that just passed.

    Hopefully Covid19 will push even more families to discover and stick with homeschooling.

    Anything we/they can do to hasten the demise of public schools should be welcomed. This is the best way to take away the power of the left to indoctrinate.

  159. @joe2.5

    True there were scientific advances, now that science and medicine are politicized with political correct thinking they truly don’t exist as science. Let us look at the Covid-19 situation, Dr. Fossi and the CDC initially said don’t use the masks now that is coming from so called scientists. Covid-19 irrespective of origins is known to be contagious disease connected to breathing, what kind of scientitst would advise the general population about not using the masks. Now in spite of the fact that it is causing other social problems the same scientists want the people isolated and practically become prisoners depriving the people of their livelihood social interactions etc. The same goes for the kids who are forced into online classes depriving them of social contact and their natural development of future citizens in spite of the fact they are most probably least effected by this virus. The list goes on and on. So just don’t say the scientists are some angels. Thanks

  160. lysias says:
    @RoatanBill

    You said work on liberal arts degrees is only about opinions, not facts. I think I have just made you admit that you were wrong to say that.

    As for whether what I learned is of any use to me, that is beside the point. The point of education is learning and knowledge, not usefulness. I now enjoy having that knowledge. That for me is use enough.

    • Replies: @RoatanBill
  161. Vojkan says:
    @RoatanBill

    Yep, let’s do away with philology, literature, philosophy, archaelogy, ethnology, anthropology, psychology, sociology, history – history is the worst -, music, and while we’re at it, lets’s get rid of language altogether. Big pharma, agribusiness sorcerer’s apprentices, climate change, finance mathematicians are so much more useful to the mankind.

    • Replies: @Realist
  162. @lysias

    I hate to break it to you, but I admitted no such thing.

    While getting an education, one learns many skills, like using the card catalog in the library regardless of the discipline. That is a skill, albeit a minor one. The degree one wants to acquire is not cardCatalogology, but something more substantial, at least usually.

    You may need those dead language skills in your chosen endeavor, as I need a compiler and linker (Computer Science) or an oscilloscope in mine (Electrical Engineering), but they are just tools and not the object of the education, at least usually.

    I have read and written in 24 languages, but speak only 2; the others are computer languages and many now as useful as Latin.

    • Replies: @lysias
  163. Realist says:
    @lysias

    How is that not original research?

    It is original research…but does not constitute original knowledge. Demosthenes knew what he had written and the authors of disputed works knew what they had written. Millions and millions of people do original research every day. People in law enforcement do original research many without a college degree. Genealogists do original research.

    And in ancient history new evidence keeps turning up. Inscriptions. Archaeological finds.

    Again not original knowledge.

    Again, the requirement for a Ph.D. is to demonstrate the ability to use research skills to create original knowledge. The keys words original knowledge.

    • Replies: @lysias
  164. Realist says:
    @Realist

    Should read …a Ph.D. is to demonstrate the…

  165. Realist says:
    @Vojkan

    Yep, let’s do away with philology, literature, philosophy, archaelogy, ethnology, anthropology, psychology, sociology, history – history is the worst -, music, and while we’re at it, lets’s get rid of language altogether.

    Your response is inane and sophomoric. It was not suggested to eliminate those things.

    Big pharma, agribusiness sorcerer’s apprentices, climate change, finance mathematicians are so much more useful to the mankind.

    Your word salad of silly phrases…agribusiness sorcerer’s apprentices…whatever the hell that is, seems to suggest an anti-science attitude.
    The fact is the only studies that warrant a Ph.D. are STEM studies.

    • Replies: @Vojkan
  166. lysias says:
    @Realist

    So Champollion did nothing original, because the ancient Egyptians could already read hieroglyphics thousands of years ago?

    • Replies: @Realist
  167. @Walter

    Fmr SEAL Jocko Willink recommends learning first jiu jitsu, because so many fights go to the ground. Then boxing. He also likes mma, muay thai, and kyokushin karate.

  168. lysias says:
    @RoatanBill

    I mentioned the languages my doctoral program obliged me to learn as obvious counterexamples to the claim that liberal arts studies are all about opinion. But you discount them, saying that languages are just an ancillary subsidiary skill.

    And if I bring up all I had to learn about Greco-Roman culture and history, I imagine you’ll say that’s just somebody’s opinion.

    So doing what I did, trying to follow in the footsteps of five centuries of humanists, is as bad as these educators dumbing down their schools?

    Which of us is the barbarian?

    • Replies: @RoatanBill
  169. @lysias

    But you discount them, saying that languages are just an ancillary subsidiary skill.

    Absolutely correct. These are not the main focus of your discipline, but necessary tools that you must have.

    Greco-Roman culture and history, I imagine you’ll say that’s just somebody’s opinion.

    Absolutely correct. It is all opinion because you nor anyone else alive today was there to witness first hand what their culture and history was like. We all know what propaganda is. Well, history is aged propaganda written by the victors in conflicts. Propaganda doesn’t become truth with the passage of time. The only thing we learn from history is that we don’t learn from history.

    You’re not follow in the footsteps of five centuries of humanists. You are following in the footstep of the professors and their professors and their professors that have manufactured a story over many centuries that you apparently swallow willingly. Where is the empirical evidence for any of your disciplines claims? Please don’t point me at the novels like the Bible or other ancient texts because language and meaning change and we have no 100% way of knowing what they meant because all the modern texts are translations that someone made via their interpretation.

    I never called you a barbarian, but you are apparently calling me one for pointing out that your discipline is opinion; nothing but opinion devoid of uncompromised evidence. I stand by my judgement.

    • Agree: acementhead
    • Replies: @lysias
  170. Realist says:
    @lysias

    So Champollion did nothing original, because the ancient Egyptians could already read hieroglyphics thousands of years ago?

    Champollion did research but did not gain original knowledge…that is correct.

  171. Vojkan says:
    @Realist

    Your response is inane and sophomoric. It was not suggested to eliminate those things.

    Quote from the comment to which I replied:

    because it’s as useless as having the skill to make flint tools, I suggest you wasted your time on that nonsense.

    If studying that “nonsense” is time wasted, I deduce that that “nonsense” is useless. If it’s useless, do you keep it?

    Your word salad of silly phrases…agribusiness sorcerer’s apprentices…whatever the hell that is, seems to suggest an anti-science attitude.

    Stricto sensu, science means knowledge of things, and is only one-fourth of the acronym STEM. Being against nefarious technologies or engineering and being anti-science are different things. But you are free to eat Bayer/Monsanto’s shit and consider it as a product of science. Except it isn’t, it’s technology and engineering. Both have existed and have used principles before science explained those principles. So what don’t you understand in the expression “sorcerer’s apprentice”?

    • Replies: @Realist
  172. @Dave Bowman

    Possibly you should leave the reading of my comments to somewhat else, Mr. Bowman. I’ve read Fred Reed’s stuff for some years, though I left it behind for a spell when every column was nothing but “Go, Mexico!”

    Mr. Reed’s deal is that he disparages those who are trying to fix the problems that he rants about. I could not cover even very broadly all the good patriotic Americans I refer to. Very specifically though, Mr. Reed regularly derided the immigration patriots, such as the VDare crowd. One can make fun of President Trump, even, in lots of ways, but he did make some decent efforts to do something about this existential problem. What does Mr. Reed write about that? Nothing but more disparaging remarks.

    Plenty of Conservative and Libertarian Americans have fought against the civil rights, the Socialism, the Federal control of schools, all of it. I’ve never seen a good word out of Fred Reed about ANY of these people. It’s just ranting against the problem with not even a suggested solution provided.

    Hey, Bowman, I don’t really expect old Fred Reed to get off his ass now. Perhaps he could have before. Perhaps he could stop the ranting against people who DO get off their asses.

    How about you? WTH are you doing about anything, besides commenting here?

    • Replies: @denk
  173. Mickey says:

    Attended U of Alabama (Bama) years ago on a baseball scholarship. Lived in the “Ape Dorm” with all the athletes and I was in the School of Commerce. Most of the athletes, girls looking for a husband, and others there wanting an easy ride were in the School of Education. After a few years, it dawned on me that the ones in Education went on to become the educational pipeline forming our educational system. Bingo! Makes sense plus with the educational engineering that has been going on for half a century.

    When I consider what I have seen being pushed and accepted in for decades, I tell those with young ones to look also for an alternate passport for them.

  174. unseated says:
    @Gordon K. Shumway

    H(X) is the Shannon entropy of a random variable X. The first line is its definition (if X takes discrete values x_i with probability P(x_i)). The next two lines are the computation in case X is a binary random variable taking two values with equal probability 1/2. Shannon (after Claude Shannon who worked at Bell Labs) entropy is a measure of information (or uncertainty) of a random variable. It is a key idea in Information Theory, which underpins much of modern communications – eg mobile phones.

    • Replies: @Polistra
  175. @lavoisier

    Your complaint reminds me of a friend of mine who had a heart attack in the middle of the night. My friend complained about the bill from the doctor and said it was close to eight hundred dollars.

    Uh-huh. And this was back in 1927? Because I had a heart attack just a couple years ago and my hospital bill was north of $100,000.

    Such is gratitude.

    You mean “such is bullshit.”

    • Replies: @Polistra
    , @turtle
  176. @The Spirit of Enoch Powell

    obwandiyag is just another Black dude with a massive chip on his shoulder against Whitey.

    That strikes me as less plausible than that it is a cuckolded troll (50/50 Jew or not) obsessed with pretending to be a negro. A white hating negro would rather be among its own kind while the mental illness of the cuckold may seek out the intellectual abuse it receives here.

  177. Realist says:
    @Vojkan

    Quote from the comment to which I replied:

    Show where you got the quote.

    But you are free to eat Bayer/Monsanto’s shit and consider it as a product of science.

    If you are referring to genetically modified food…foodstuff has been genetically modified for hundreds if not thousands of years. The advantage of engineering the genetics of food it is quicker, better controlled, and more accurate.

    So what don’t you understand in the expression “sorcerer’s apprentice”?

    It sounds like shitlib gobbledygook.

    • Replies: @Vojkan
  178. lysias says:
    @RoatanBill

    Ron Unz, as an undergraduate at Harvard, minored in ancient history. Was he also wasting his time?

  179. Realist says:
    @Mr. Ed

    Gosh, I wonder just how many of the posts on this site were written by STEM types (I’m one myself, BTW); the answer, I’m very confident, is ZERO,…

    Your statement is a non sequitur. You post here, claiming you are a STEM type, and then claim with confidence that the number of STEM types who post here is ZERO. Logic is not your strong point.

    There are a number of STEM types who post here.

    STEMs are good at engineering and rotten, and usually completely ignorant, at EVERYTHING ELSE.

    STEM includes studies other than engineering. People of high intellect and inquisitiveness are interested in a multitude of things and are very capable.

  180. denk says:

    The cream of gringo stems are all snapped up by Lockheed Martin, GE, Boeing…who pay top monies .

    The less stem gringos means less evil genius churning out WMD to threaten the world.

    Anything that clobbers the murikkan war machine is good for the world.

  181. @Steve Naidamast

    “And the article does also show that Blacks and Hispanics do in fact attend this school but in very small numbers. As far as the Black percentage is concerned there appears to be a very good reason for this.”

    Yes, as far as the Black percentage is concerned, there is a very good reason for this (failure to qualify for admission), but it’s definitely not the one you offered.

    • Replies: @Steve Naidamast
  182. John Hagan says: • Website
    @animalogic

    We must not forget that these humanitarian. psychotic & degenerate academic posers are the first ones to call for war when it appears on the horizon. However they will not be among those on the front line … or in the rear. They will be at home sipping a glass of red wine or complaining about the how slow their new iphone has become.

    • Replies: @Fox
  183. denk says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    YOur idol, JOhn perfidious Derb, isnt fit to tie Fred’s shoe lace.

  184. Cato says:
    @RoatanBill

    The humanities and social sciences should, at most, be able to get a bachelors degree because what they “know” is just their damned opinion and nothing more.

    I disagree. We need people deeply versed in the historical and literary context of our civilization. I concede that there is a problem in that “wokeness” has permeated most of the humanities, and that therefore many scholars are more interested in condemning the past than in celebrating it. But that is not an argument for eliminating advanced scholarship in the humanities, that is an argument for reforming it.

    • Agree: Vojkan
    • Replies: @RoatanBill
  185. Vojkan says:
    @Realist

    Show where you got the quote.

    Comment #159. With which you agreed.

    The advantage of engineering the genetics of food it is quicker, better controlled, and more accurate.

    As I said, you are free to eat shit. And I want to be free to not eat it. As you are free to have shit injected in you. As I want to be free to not have shit injected in me.

    • Replies: @Realist
  186. Vojkan says:
    @Mr. Ed

    I happen to be a STEM guy. Considering that if you have a STEM degree then you’re uncultured is as baselessly prejudiced as considering that if you have a degree in humanities then you’re a cultural marxist moron.

  187. @Cato

    History would be a wonderful thing, if it were only true.
    Leo Tolstoy

    History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.
    Napoleon Bonaparte

    Nine times out of ten, in the arts as in life, there is actually no truth to be discovered; there is only error to be exposed.
    H. L. Mencken

    But the whole thing, after all, may be put very simply. I believe that it is better to tell the truth than to lie. I believe that it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe that it is better to know than to be ignorant.
    H. L. Mencken

    The humanities and social sciences are the story telling disciplines. They make stuff up that sounds plausible and probably has some kernel of truth buried within. For the most part, at best they can be considered entertainers under the right conditions, like Neil deGrasse Tyson. And, yes, even the supposed sciences suffer from the problem.

    The people involved necessarily must interpret their findings and extrapolate on their biases to arrive at their conclusions. Wash, rinse, repeat over generations of professional bullshit artists known as their professors with each generation adding or subtracting new discoveries to be remembered among their peers.

    Can you honestly say that an Egyptologist, for example, has any idea how the pyramids were made or when? Graham Hancock famously pokes holes in their dogma and as Zahi Hawass demonstrated in front of cameras, the fraud stormed off instead of addressing issues. It’s like our Supreme Court when it refuses to hear a case.

    My contention is that theories should be kept within a discipline and not disseminated widely to the public as a probable truth. Only factual information should be taught to children, such as 1+1=2. Once an individual is old enough to discern truth from falsehood should they be introduced to the gray areas of their chosen discipline with an aim to either confirm them or destroy them. The humanities are nothing but gray areas with almost no possibility of ever getting a resolution one way or the other.

    All interpretation, all psychology, all attempts to make things comprehensible, require the medium of theories, mythologies and lies.
    Hermann Hesse

    “… a theory built on questionable assumptions should never be the basis for new theories.”
    Stephen Smith

    • Replies: @Cato
  188. Some of you guys sound really smart, but I can fix a carburetor AND sharpen a knife. Guess who’s gonna live through the apocalypse? Not the math fags, that’s who.

    • Replies: @SeekerofthePresence
  189. Realist says:
    @Vojkan

    Comment #159. With which you agreed.

    Nowhere in comment #159 does this appear:

    Yep, let’s do away with philology, literature, philosophy, archaelogy, ethnology, anthropology, psychology, sociology, history – history is the worst -, music, and while we’re at it, lets’s get rid of language altogether. Big pharma, agribusiness sorcerer’s apprentices, climate change, finance mathematicians are so much more useful to the mankind.

    And I want to be free to not eat it.

    As I want to be free to not have shit injected in me.

    From your comments…it appears it is too late for that.

    Please for your own sake, stop…you already sound like an idiot.

    • Replies: @Vojkan
  190. Vojkan says:
    @Realist

    I put what I quoted in a blockquote. Therefore, you are:

    a) disengenuous
    b) cretinous

    Choose the option that you consider to describe you best.

  191. Fox says:
    @John Hagan

    Just the other day I read about Walter Lippmann how he so favored entry of the US into WW I but, at age 27 at the time, he made a special appeal through his connections to the Assistant Secretary of War Baker (through the intermediacy of Felix Frankfurter) to free him from the draft because he could “serve his bit” so much more effectively for the war effort at home rather than “as a private in the new armies”. This proved to be successful.
    (Source Rothbard: WW I as Fulfillment: Power and the Intellectuals)

  192. @Cool Daddy Jimbo

    I can fix a carburetor AND sharpen a knife. Guess who’s gonna live through the apocalypse?

    In a nuclear apocalypse your car will likely be shorted out by EMP. Sharp knife is not a bad idea, except you will likely be up against roving gangs armed with automatic weapons.

    The smart math types (Silicon Valley innovators and hedge fund managers) have already made their move and are building shelters and compounds in New Zealand. Tasmania and Patagonia are also good choices. Head south, young person!

    • Replies: @SeekerofthePresence
  193. @Jokem

    I for one would be very happy to give the representatives of the FBI the benefit of my most considered, strongly-held and unchanging opinions, just as soon as they are prepared to admit on record how much they really need them. I look forward earnestly to that time.

    • Replies: @Jokem
  194. @SeekerofthePresence

    As tensions build toward war with Iran and China—
    Theme song for a (post-nuclear) Great Reset…

  195. @Tom

    Why would you – or anyone else with a brain cell – give a toss about the hard-leftist opinions of a bunch of talent-free billionaire Blacks, who got where they are today entirely through Jew preferment in Hollywood, purely as a diversionary trick with which to rub the noses of movie-going Western fool Whites in ever more obvious “diversity” ?

    For what it’s worth, I would personally lay good money that all three of the Blacks you name, if asked, would certainly state they absolutely agree with and whole-heartedly support the further breaking-down of walls of invisible “racism” against their Black brothers, in their endless struggle to gain an “equal” high-quality education for their fine minds, alongside the age-old elitist, racist, oppressive Nazi White man.

    The fact that the world’s elites are NOT White at all – and despite contributor Jake’s best efforts to confuse the issue, NEVER have been only WASPs, but in fact were always and forever deeply infiltrated and controlled by overwhelmingly Khazar / Ashkenazi Asiatic Jews – is a little too complex for most Blacks to grasp – or care about.

    • Thanks: FLgeezer
  196. The most important academic (and not so academic) things I learned at home through four sets of books:

    Classics of the East ed. by James Legge
    Great Books of the Western World
    The Bible
    The Church Fathers: Pre–Post Nicene

    Also,
    How to Read a Book, by Mortimer Adler
    Evidence that Demands a Verdict, by Josh McDowell

    They helped to answer two questions—
    Who are you? and
    What are you living for?

    I found in them treasures beyond anything I might have hoped to know. Thank the Lord of mercy.

  197. annamaria says:
    @Dr. X

    No, this is not communism. This is the rule of the oligarchy that abhors intelligent and independent thinkers armed with knowledge. This is why the US populace was made worry about gender-sensitive bathrooms and affirmative actions while the mega war profiteers have been killing innocent civilians by millions for the glory of war profiteering and zio-supremacists’ lunacy.

    • Replies: @FLgeezer
  198. FLgeezer says:
    @annamaria

    >the oligarchy that abhors intelligent and independent
    thinkers armed with knowledge.

    You are the sort of person they abhor annamaria. Your
    posts are always on-point and I (and many others I suspect) look forward to reading them. Thanks.

  199. Cato says:
    @RoatanBill

    It is very hard to find truth. Nietzsche said that one finds truth by “looking cynically”, and it seems that that is the problem with the humanities — rather than looking cynically, they are “rearranging their prejudices”, as William James put it.

    Another part of the problem is that each generation of the professoriate wants to surpass their teachers. But all of the obviously true things were long ago discovered, so each new generation tends to embrace ideas that are novel, but dubious.

    I don’t know how to fix this. But I do know that our ancestors are a reservoir of wisdom, and that we need people who can guide us in knowledge of what they said, and what they meant by what they said.

    • Replies: @RoatanBill
  200. @Cato

    Your last sentence would require a time machine for fulfillment. The frauds in the humanities and social sciences have no real knowledge about what the ancients thought or did, just theories and stories they made up.

    A few months ago, I watched a video on archaeology in remote Egypt. The archaeologist was excited about 6 large holes he found in the ground on a larger dig they were excavating. He took those 6 holes clearly visible to the viewing audience with nothing but sand surrounding them and from it imagined a temple for which he already had a 3D model in CAD. The temple was quite elaborate, showing 6 columns for the 6 holes but also included an alter, ornamentation, smaller ancillary structures along side, etc.

    That bullshit artist fantasized all this from 6 holes in the ground and you want to learn from the ancestors via a clown like him?

    • Replies: @Cato
  201. Cato says:
    @RoatanBill

    Lots of academics are not very smart (but especially administrators!). Archaeologists are usually OK, but this guy was obviously exercising his imagination more than warranted — perhaps encouraged by the cinematographers. Most of us end up being manipulated by public relations/marketing people much more than we would like — a fate we share with the rest of America.

    In the social sciences, the intelligence hierarchy is something like: economics at the top, then linguistics and old school anthropologists (they have mastered a difficult foreign language), then political science, then sociology, then all of the cast-offs who are in departments that end with “-studies”. But there are exceptions everywhere: sociologists who are brilliant with math; economists who are nothing more than ideologues; anthropologists who know only about the culture of tattoo parlors.

    • Replies: @RoatanBill
  202. @Cato

    economics at the top

    Economists are the premier example of a fraudulent profession. They are the whores for the bankers and gov’t and will produce any rationale required by either to keep screwing over the population. Their money from nothing scheme is in the process of detonating the world’s economies.

    If economics is at the top in the hierarchy, then most definitely the entire hierarchy needs to be jettisoned.

    • Replies: @Cato
  203. Cato says:
    @RoatanBill

    We will have to disagree on this. Economics is the only social science that really understands (and values) the mechanism behind this amazing prosperity we have enjoyed over the last century. The political “wisdom” one sees even among people trained in the hard sciences is vastly inferior to what one sees among economists.

    And economists like Milton Friedman certainly don’t deserve your opprobrium — he wanted a Fed that was not the captive of Wall Street, but a Fed that was little more than a computer program that would generate the quantity of money needed to keep inflation at the optimal level.

    Of course, the Fed is still dominated by Wall Street, but that is not because of economists, it is because of mercenary politicians who will do anything for campaign contributions.

  204. @Anonymous

    Very simple. Many or most are allowed to graduate without subject mastery. This serves two important functions.

    First, it gives “brownie points” to the institution for outstanding success in graduating minority students, which result in more gov’t funding, accolades for the administrators, etc., etc.

    And second, it results in the inability of unqualified minority graduates to obtain or retain jobs in which qualifications actually do matter. This provides fodder for the propaganda of systemic racism (“Ize gots a diploma an’ cain’t git no job. They’s be rayciss.”) which results in the political classes falling all over themselves to kowtow to the race hustlers by providing more funding of all kinds to the minorities experiencing this “racism” as well as instituting more laws and regulations to further disadvantage the whites.

    WIN-WIN for everybody (except for the “rayciss white debbils” who don’t matter and for the hoodwinked students who are acceptable collateral damage for the minority “leaders” who keep raking in the goodies).

  205. Jokem says:
    @Dave Bowman

    Mr Bowman –

    Just for the record, I had made a tongue-in-cheek comment.

    Also for the record, I doubt very much the FBI will want to need to admit anything when they have ways of coercing you to co-operate without that.

  206. Anon[277] • Disclaimer says:

    Indeed we have fallen from standing on the shoulders of giants to kneeling at the feet of midgets…

  207. @TheTrumanShow

    And how is that?

    If the Black Community does not pursue in general the sciences but instead pursues the Humanities, as the earlier study demonstrates, then it naturally follows that far fewer Black students would look to pursue such fields of study, making the actual number of successful applicants to this High School rather small.

    What is your reason? Simply that Blacks are stupid?

    Unless you can back that up with corroborative studies, your answer does not hold up…

  208. Polistra says:
    @Stan d Mute

    Agreed, but I figured he must have meant out-of-pocket expense, after insurance. Which is the only way the story is even remotely plausible.

    Nonetheless the vast majority of medical professionals in the USA today are useless, or worse. And the useless ones are always the most self-satisfied.

  209. Polistra says:
    @unseated

    Claude Shannon would get cancelled if he lived today. Toxic Caucasity.

  210. Zamir says:
    @RoatanBill

    “The humanities and social sciences should, at most, be able to get a bachelors degree because what they “know” is just their damned opinion and nothing more.” I absolutely agree, except, it is not worth a bachelors degree. Ramanujan obtained his degree, from Cambridge, through research. None of the BS about a rounded education. And what did Einstein study, other than math and theoretical physics? And that “damned opinion” instructs us on the extent of the vacuity of their minds.

  211. @Hacienda

    The screwdriver can make up for a ton of wrong decisions, misspent time, financial idiocy.

    Are we talking about the hand tool or the mixed drink?

  212. turtle says:
    @Stan d Mute

    “bill from the doctor”
    and
    “hospital bill”
    are two different things.
    He said the bill from a cardiologist, whose services were rendered at a hospital, was $800.
    He did not mention the bill from the hospital, which no doubt was a great deal more than $800.
    I had the misfortune of an encounter with a “hospital” about six years ago.
    https://riversidecommunityhospital.com
    Physicians’ fees were of the order of hundreds of dollars, which I regarded as reasonable.
    Hospital charges for the aftermath of a very minor auto accident with no significant injuries were >$100,000 for ~ 18 hours spent, or ~$92 per minute.
    $34,000 to roll me through the door
    $9,000 for lab tests which would cost <$300 at your local medical laboratory
    $50,000 for 5 CAT scans @ $10,000, all based on fraudulent premises
    To wit:
    Head scan: "Patient has head pain" LIE.
    Neck scan: “Patient has neck pain” LIE.
    etc on down the body
    “Justification” for each $10,000 scan DIRECTLY CONTRADICTS notes of attending physician in ER, who stated, IN WRITING, “Patient has no pain, no complaints.” which was true.
    I did experience a very minor bloody nose, and probable concussion from being struck in the face when the air bag deployed. I did have retrograde amnesia (common symptom of concussion) and delayed onset (by a few days) vertigo. No visible injuries, lacerations, contusions, or broken bones. Low speed, single car auto accident. No complaints.

    BOTTOM LINE:
    Institution charged outrageous prices for everything, and flat out LIED about “justification” for performing five CAT scans @ $10,.000 apiece.

    How is this possible?

    Riverside Criminal Hospital is owned by (what was then called) Hospital Corporation of America.
    HCA was founded by a physician who was also a U.S. Senator.
    When you own your very own U.S. Senator, many things become possible.
    HCA was convicted of defrauding Medicare, and paid a fine of $2.000,000,000.
    You read it right. That’s billion, with a b.
    U.S. dollars, not Zimbabwe.

    But, hey, if you can charge $100,000 per patient, per 18 hours, a 400 bed hospital @ 80% occupancy should gross:
    (24/18)($100,000)(400)(0.8) = $42,666,666 per day, or
    (365)($42,666,666) = $7.5 x 10^10 per year, per hospital (and they own many hospitals)

    In which case, $2 x 10^9 fine is just an ordinary business expense.
    Take the tax deduction, and reward your brilliant CEO for his service to the company.
    The CEO’s name was Rick Scott, hos going away present was $300,000,000 and his subsequent career included Governor of Florida, the duties of which office, strangely enough, he did not have to perform while incarcerated in a federal penitentiary…

    Now that is clout.

  213. Polistra says:
    @lysias

    Pro tip: the word is spelled Philology.

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