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April 2021

"The Abiding Scandal of College Admissions"

The admissions process at our leading colleges and universities is either very funny or very sad. Probably a mixture of both. Here, in the Chronicle of Higher Education[!], is a look at the incredible arrogance of some the admissions folks.

For instance, one recommendation is for admissions to begin “Assessing Students’ Daily Awareness of and Contributions to Others.” It is a subtle mystery how an admissions office would discern an applicant’s daily awareness of anything, let alone of “others.” . . . .

The reformers’ big idea is to take a process defined by unwonted nosiness and presumption and make it nosier and more presumptuous. . . .

Real reform would make the process simpler and less time-consuming, less mysterious and morally presumptuous. As I mentioned above, a lottery stands out as a good option. Admissions bureaucrats faced with thousands more applicants than they can accept soon reach a level of arbitrariness. At that point, they launch an inquisition of their applicants’ souls. This makes little sense academically but allows them to stage a powerful, utterly undeserved disciplinary claim on the inner lives of teenagers — that is the abiding scandal of college admissions.


"The Public-Health Establishment Has Lost Credibility"

A concise exposition of the reasons why it has lost credibility.

See also "Death and Lockdowns: There’s no proof that lockdowns save lives but plenty of evidence that they end them" and "The Failure of Imperial College Modeling Is Far Worse than We Knew".

Related: "Corona-Recapitulation" and "‘Pause’ on Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Reveals One Systemic Flaw Plaguing the FDA".


"Socialism Loses, Again"

Kevin Williamson, doing what he does so well.

He insists that young Americans are being crushed by student-loan debt “that they can never hope to repay,” when in fact the average student debt is about as big a burden as buying a reasonably well-appointed Toyota Camry, something young Americans manage to do with some regularity — without the benefit of federally subsidized interest rates and a very long repayment schedule.

The average monthly student-loan payment is $393. Pardon me if I don’t sing a number from Les Misérables.