[FoRK] New Yorker article on Ivy League admissions
mattj at newsblip.com
Wed Nov 2 13:30:33 PST 2005
Quoting Jim Whitehead <ejw at soe.ucsc.edu>:
> Fascinating recent article in the New Yorker on Ivy League admissions
> In short, the admissions essay was introduced by Harvard as a
> mechanism to control the number of Jews attending Harvard.
Although Gladwell's article says that the faculty considered Jews to be
"grade-grubbing", it doesn't mention that they also considered them "grinds".
Specifically, they felt that the Jews were not *naturally* gifted, but
such good grades because they stayed indoors and crammed all day, unlike the
healthy, all-American WASP students who could through a football. Gladwell
doesn't quite notice this connection between the anti-Jew and pro-athlete
BTW, there's an interesting story about Paul Samuelson, who led MIT's
department to greatness. It's widely believed that the reason Samuelson, who
was an instructor at Harvard, didn't get a counter to MIT's offer was that he
was Jewish. Coincidentally, his nephew Larry Summers eventually became
President of Harvard. (Summers' father changed their name from Samuelson to
> Each year, Yale carefully measured the height of entering freshmen,
> noting with pride the proportion of the class at six feet or more.
They recorded well more than that. There's an interesting scandal there.
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