Friday, January 05, 2007

Multiculturalism and intellectual failure in the United States

John Derbyshire:

A conservative—I had better say, paleoconservative—acquaintance of mine is fond of saying that the two body blows against the USA in the past half century were, first, the 1965 Immigration Act, which fired up the odious doctrine of multiculturalism, and second, the Griggs v. Duke Power decision of 1971.

The second of those is of course much less well known than the first. It essentially rules that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act forbids employers giving aptitude tests to prospective hires. In other words, it forbids an employer from trying to find out how smart you are before hiring you.

The result is, that employers need a proxy for smarts. The obvious proxy is a college degree. Our colleges and universities have therefore become credentialing institutions, whose purpose is to stamp a person as suitable for middle-class employment. The actual content of college courses has degraded accordingly. What does content matter? An employer just wants to know how smart you are. You graduated from a decent college? Fine, you’re smart, you can start Monday. The fact that you accumulated your college credits from courses like Queer Approaches to Literature, or Women’s Studies, or anything beginning with “Representations of...,” is neither here nor there.

The consequences can be seen in our universities. Tom Wolfe’s 2004 novel I Am Charlotte Simmons is a good introduction to current American university life. After I had read that book I went around saying that surely Tom had exaggerating a lot there. No, people assured me—including people actually working and studying at universities—no, that’s pretty much what it’s like.

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Jane Elliot and Her Blue-Eyed Devil Children

End The April Agony—Bring Back IQ Tests!

Where the Races Relate

Privilege Before the Law


At 5:26 PM, Blogger Mike said...

The writer is incorrect in his description of the Griggs case. It did make cognitive ability tests unlawful. However, it did require validation evidence to be offered if the test resulted in differential hiring rates by race. This makes it more expensive to use the tests due to the need for the validation evidence. It also results in poor use of employment tests such as setting low passing points.

At 5:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bet Derb has been reading this guy:

Read his book here:

You had better buy a gun. I don't this is going to be peaceful process. It is going to make the black rioting in after Katrina look like a pre school kickball game.


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