Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Arianna's Ego & What Makes Amerikuns Smarts

Huffington's well-heeled site extols the findings of a study linking intelligence to being an American liberal, and lower intelligence to being an American conservative.

Being neither one of those entities, this one will, without any ego in the illusory game, shoot down a couple of the biggest paper balloons Arianna's little lackey Searles just released over the Hudson:

1) For decades upon decades, various minority community advocates, often under the mantel of American liberalism, have been arguing that conservative standardized tests unfairly extol the values of conservative (white) Americans, while marginalizing non-White Anglo-Saxon Protestant cultures through the use of loaded language in tests.

Now, it's cool to use standardized tests the other way?  What's next?  Racial preferences in college admissions or hiring policies?

2) American liberals are, to the rest of the world (i.e., places that are not Los Angeles, Manhattan, or even Hawai'i), rather savage conservatives.  The distinction between "liberal" and "conservative" in America is as vast as the distinction between Barack Obama's Afpak policy and Dubya's Afpak policy.  It's just the cultural vernacular, dear.  The dead bodies are still dead bodies.

This kind of crap only bolsters further the replacement of anything resembling the education of a self-confident, free-thinking "individual" into a person good at filling in one of four possible blanks to answer in question in life.

SHOULD WE BOMB IRAN (SELECT ONLY ONE):
A) TEN YEARS AGO!
B) IMMEDIATELY!  DIE, RAGHEADS!
C) WITH GREAT RESERVATION, WE MUST DO SO NOW.
D) ONLY A LITTLE BIT, UNTIL THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY AND ISRAEL FEEL THE TIME IS RIGHT FOR MORE.  

Standardized tests are, as the liberals used to whine when it was a convenient rallying point for them, unfair and loaded.  They're also stupid, which many teachers are currently being pilloried for mentioning.

Yes, people in the flyover states, who still buy into supply-side economics, probably do a little worse at block-adding and numeral-scratching tests than people who contribute so richly to the world by adjusting variable annuity points over their morning skim latte, but that doesn't have a fucking thing to do with "intelligence."  In fact, it might indicate the opposite.

'Sides, cuties, those tests are double-edged swords.  In a few generations, they could be explaining why people of Pacific Islander background need to be lobotomized at birth to avoid terrorist thoughts later in life.  Stay away from antilife sets of artificial classification, because those are a two-edged sword and could be cutting you up the next go-around.

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