So colleges are discriminating against Asian applicants? What horseshit that is. I heard it on a podcast and thought, They can’t be that crazy yet, can they? “Never assume what you hear or read from a single Internet source is true” is a rule of thumb I try to swear by, time permitting.
But it would seem to be confirmed, by umpteen articles linked to on this Asian-American activist site: colleges now need to meet racial quotas in college admissions. This is supposedly to make sure everyone gets a fair shake. But since not all races perform at the same collective level in high school and on admissions tests, they have to be unfair to individuals. So schools are not just adding points to black and Hispanic kids’ test scores. They’re handicapping Asian-American students’ scores in order to collectively bring them down to the “average,” 100-point IQ level of collective Causasianity.
Ironically, this is leading to massive injustice and unfairness—and not to whites, who remain in the middle. It’s the Asians who get screwed. As the National Review put it, “[O]ne of the students Harvard rejected, an unnamed child of Chinese immigrants, had perfect scores on three college-admission tests, graduated first in his (or her) class, led the tennis team, and raised money for National Public Radio.” Cripes, what more does a kid have to do?
How it is that considering whites to be the “norm” and adjusting everyone else’s scores to fit our mean is supposed to be anti-racist is be-fucking-yond me to the nth degree, but whatever; as usual, I stare out at the illogical cultural landscape, blinking in incredulous dismay. The point is, it’s unfair. And, I would argue, it endangers the value of that stupid sheepskin you went so far in debt to procure.
Because if we discriminate against smart people in college admissions, then, in the future, college will be for the dumb kids. If people with higher IQs know they’re being discriminated against in college admissions, then they’re going to flip us all the bird and go do something else. (Note: I don’t care much whether the much-argued differences in IQ score distributions between different races are genetic or down to cultural factors. I am, however—having been a nerdy kid in a rural area back when being a nerdy kid was still a nightmare—prone to get mad as a wet cat when I see people getting picked on for being smart.)
I’m not saying only dumb kids will go to college. If you have any comprehension of math you will understand that despite the overall shape of the bell curve, there are plenty of black and white geniuses running around, and they’ll probably go to school. But if you’re an Asian kid in high school, and you know the college admissions system is out to get you, then how much motivation are you going to have to spend your time playing the game, studying for your classes, and filling your resume with extra-curriculars?
If you’re smart, not much time at all. The Dunning-Kruger effect indicates that the smarter people are, the less smart they think they are. Therefore it might be the dumber specimens amongst Asian kids—the ones who don’t understand statistics and assume that “because I am Asian, I am necessarily a genius”—who will disproportionately bother trying to get into college, because they think they can outwit discrimination. The really smart Asian-American kids will humbly assume they can’t overcome the SAT handicapping system, and will instead spend high school trying to think of a way to make a living as adults without the advantage of a college degree.
They’ll spend that time networking and using the Internet to figure out what the trends look to be in the future, and teaching themselves the skills needed to work in those areas. When they graduate high school, they’ll go immediately to work in their chosen fields.
Meanwhile, the dumb Asian kids and their non-Asian counterparts will be dicking around in Women’s Studies classes. When they graduate, they’ll be dismayed, and rightly so, to find that they’ve been wasting their time. A college degree will slowly degrade from a golden ticket to employment, to a non-necessity, to a possible handicap. “This idiot went to college? Forget it, I’ll take the guy who sent in the app he designed as his resume.”
I could be wrong in this prediction, but even if I am, many other trends related to the Internet are making a college degree obsolete. Even if “Asians going their own way” doesn’t do it, online coding classes very well might.
So, if you’re a young person of any ethnicity, it may be in your interest to take a very close look at your motivations for going to college. I didn’t go till I was 30, and the reason I went was that, in order to improve as a writer, I wanted to study classical letters. This is a discipline that is best transmitted by a professor who knows more than the facts of the matter, who knows the traditions of the discipline, who can tell you where to look, and who can impart context more efficiently than reading goofy 18th-century textbooks—not to mention the fact that it’s devilish hard to properly learn ancient Greek and Sanskrit without a tutor. I also wanted to study Roman ruins in the South of France firsthand, and spending a year in a foreign country is much easier (and more polite) to do as a student on a study-abroad visa than as an illegal immigrant.
If I had wanted to learn Java to improve my skills as a codewriter, however… well, there’s no end of learning opportunities online, and in such highly-skilled professions, a smart employer will care less about your diplomas and more about your, er, skills. When I began my career as a proofreader I had no degree at all; what I had under my belt was years of producing my own zine on an Underwood typewriter. The labor-intensive activity of making corrections on a manual typer made me hyper-sensitive to errors—and voila, I became good at such work. If you asked me to pay you thousands of dollars a semester for four years to learn to do my job, I would laugh in your face.
The social dimension of college must be taken into account, however; if you want to put yourself into debt in exchange for four years of having a convenient place to meet girls or guys or friends, go nuts. And if you’re the networking type, college serves as your captive audience. But the Internet has made this an iffy way to get ahead as well—especially if the percentage of dumb kids in college goes through the roof. You might prefer to hang out on the web with the AGTOWs.
I’m not gloating, by the way; I love what universities used to be, and I detest most of what Internet hive-mind horseshit has done to literature, study, and particularly conviviality. It’s inhuman to be closer to another nerd across the world than you are to your physical neighbors. And thinking and writing suffer when the written word becomes a blizzard of attention-grabbing hype. But this is what we’ve done to ourselves, and what academia has done to itself by capitulating to politically correct ideology. So go to school if you think you can find one or two people there who will dare to form a genuine youth salon with you. If you want to make a decent living, however, as much as it pains me to say it, your school should be the Internet.
Editor’s note: After extensive travel throughout Asia (see articles on Thailand, Singapore, The Philippines, China and India and be sure not to miss the comments, particularly on Singapore and India), we no longer buy into the myth of superior Asian and Indian IQs. While certain subgroups of Asians (and perhaps even Indians) may in fact have above average IQs, taken as a group they most certainly do not. We do acknowledge that the subset of Asians and Indians who have immigrated to the West may in fact have above average IQs also. We plan to write a future article on this.