Wednesday, December 9, 2020


Yeah, I wrote it that way for a reason.

Business and government paint themselves blue to get qualified minorities but they make it so hard. All of the below is quoted from the link.
Black students never catch up to their white and Asian peers. There aren’t many white-collar professions where possessing partial mastery of basic reading and math will qualify one for employment. The SAT measures a more selective group of students than the NAEP, but even within that smaller pool of college-intending high school students, the gaps remain wide. On the math SAT, the average score of blacks in 2015 was 428 (on an 800-point scale); for whites, it was 534, and for Asians it was 598—a difference of nearly a standard deviation between blacks and whites, and well over a standard deviation between blacks and Asians. The tails of the distribution were even more imbalanced, according to the Brookings Institution. Blacks made up 2 percent of all test takers with a math SAT between 750 and 800. Sixty percent of those high scorers were Asian, and 33 percent were white. Blacks were 35 percent of all test takers with scores between 300 and 350. Whites were 21 percent of such low scorers, and Asians 6 percent. In 2005, the Journal of Blacks in Education estimated that there were only 244 black students in the U.S. with a math SAT above 750. Brookings used an estimation procedure that maximized the number of high-scoring black students and came up with, at most, 1,000 blacks nationwide with scores of 750 and above. Whether the number is 250 or 1,000, it means that the STEM fields, medical research, and the ever-more mathematical world of finance cannot all have a 13 percent black participation rate, at least if meritocratic standards remain in place. The SAT gap is replicated in graduate-level standardized tests. Between 2014 and 2017, the average score on the quantitative section of the Graduate Record Exams (GRE) was 150.05 out of 170. The Asian average was 154.1; the white average, 151; and the black average, 144. MIT’s entering engineering class in fall 2017 had an average GRE quantitative score of 167; students in the University of California, Berkeley, civil and environmental engineering program averaged 160, as did graduate students in USC’s engineering program. Even if the curve for blacks on the quantitative GRE is normally distributed in a bell curve, unlike for the math SATs, there will still be fewer blacks with higher-end scores than whites and Asians, given that the average black quantitative score is so much lower. The organizers of the various STEM antiracism protests, such as #ShutDownSTEM, #ShutDownAcademia, and #BlackInTheIvory, argue that bias drives the lack of black representation in quantitative STEM fields. Brian Nord, a visiting astronomer at the University of Chicago and organizer of Strike for Black Lives, wrote in a manifesto: “To say that I, as a Black man in America—as one of the few Black physicists in nearly all of my scientific collaborations, as one of the few Black physicists of my generation—am stressed, is an understatement that speaks to your lack of understanding about what is happening right now.” But there are simply not enough black STEM Ph.D.s to go around. In 2017, blacks made up 1.2 percent of all doctorates awarded in physics to U.S. citizens and permanent residents, according to the annual Survey of Earned Doctorates from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics. Blacks earned 0.9 percent of all mathematics and statistics doctorates, 1 percent of all doctorates in computer science, 2 percent of all doctorates in chemistry, and 1.7 percent of all doctorates awarded in engineering disciplines. There were no black Ph.D. graduates in medical physics, atmospheric physics, chemical and physical oceanography, plasma/high-temperature physics, logic, number theory, robotics, or structural engineering. How academic STEM departments and Silicon Valley tech firms are going to fulfill their diversity pledges in light of that dearth of supply is a mystery. Yet in July 2020, MIT’s president blamed his own institution for not making headway on “racial equity and inclusion,” despite years of quota-izing effort. Virtually every other college leader has issued the same self-indictment.


  1. It's CULTURAL. Black society mocks, attacks and belittles black kids for going to school, trying to learn and working hard. It's their own damn fault for failing in life.

  2. there is a correlation with education in the Great Sand Box of Saud. every man who gets a degree in islamic studies then expects to achieve high paying jobs at ARAMCO in petrochemical engineering. I was amazed at the engineering illiteracy of the people that were degreed in some field of engineering that I was required to train on certain weapon systems the King had bought. I wasn't that they were ignorant more along the lines of just bored by it. It is assumed that once in the field they would have some peon do all the work while they stood back and admired their manicure. As a maintenance and engineering professional, I found the experience very depressing to the point of PTSD.
    In the Land of Saud, there is worker bees and drones and not much else.
    It did remind me of the Detroit education system...

    1. one suddenly suspects that MIT is going to lower it's degree requirements for certain class of students and reduce entrance requirements for the same. That is what "racial equity and inclusion" means when administrators fail to uphold the quality of education their institution was based on. MIT will fail hard. It's fail will affect every grad's reputation for having studied there. Soon, the term MIT will become as meaningless as NFL.

    2. I worked with some Saudi navy officers that knew what they had and were young enough to think they could make a difference. I'm talking admirals. They were in their 30's and knew they couldn't change the philosophy but they wanted to very much. I used to drive up to Jubail to try to put together exercises that would let the Saudi navy shine. As I recall they did twice in 5 years and somebody nuked that Iranian F4 over the Gulf and it wasn't us.

  3. "Facts are stubborn things"---Ronny Ray Gun (RIP)