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The Trouble with Harvard; (Harvard); In New Republic; 2014-09-04.
Teaser: The Ivy League is broken and only standardized tests can fix it

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Steven Pinker is the Johnstone Professor of Psychology at Harvard. His book The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century


  • liberal arts [is good]
  • <quote>I submit that if “building a self” is the goal of a university education, you’re going to be reading anguished articles about how the universities are failing at it for a long, long time. </quote>
  • Ron Unz,some sort of insinuation of racism against (or for) Asians at Ivy League admission control.
  • Camilla Benbow, a sociologist
  • David Lubinski, a sociologist
  • <quote>[Essayists] Stephen Jay Gould and Malcolm Gladwell, pushing a leftist or heart-above-head egalitarianism, </quote>
  • Caroline Hoxby, an economist.
  • <quote>The Ivy admissions sweepstakes may be irrational, but the parents and teenagers who clamber to win it are not.</quote>


Don’t Send Your Kid to the Ivy League; (ex-Yale); In New Republic; 2014-07-21.
Teaser: Don’t Send Your Kid to the Ivy League The nation’s top colleges are turning our kids into zombies

William Deresiewicz; Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and The Way to a Meaningful Life, Free Press; 2014-08-19. He taught at Yale from 1998 to 2008.


  • The purpose of an (elite) liberal arts education is …
    • To learn to think (this can be taught).
    • Something unspecified about “building a self.”
  • Admission control in the colleges is substantially lottery
  • There are lots of weird ways in which “diversity” is achieved; there are colorful names for these people (legacies, PQs, rounded, pointied, etc.)
  • Actual people run this stackrank system.


Adrian Wooldridge; Bell Curve Liberals How the left betrayed I.Q.; ; In New Republic; 1995-02-27, repurposed 2014-09-05.
Teaser: How the left betrayed I.Q.

Referenced in Pinker’s essay.


  • Charles Murray, Richard J. Herrnstein; The Bell Curve; a book.
  • Intelligence Quotient (IQ) Testing
  • Education Act of 1944
  • Alfred Yates, a psychologist
  • Douglas Pidgeon, a psychologist