Bridging the Gap

A few years ago I came across an article on the Internet that was talking about Common Core.

I am opposed to Common Core because I believe it is a vehicle of indoctrination. Moreover it will reinforce the idiotic trend of replacing critical thinking with algorithms, memorization, and standardized testing.

The article quoted Chester Finn who is supposedly an expert on education.

He is also a Harvard graduate. Now, if you have read any of my pieces, you would know that I would be instantly angered by what this individual had to say especially if he was for Common Core.

It’s a Harvard thing with me, and I understand if you do not feel that way. I understand that I am in the minority when I criticize Harvard and castigate it as an inferior school.

In this article Chester Finn made a snide comment about the type of people who oppose Common Core.

Of course, he would. He’s from Harvard. He’s a noble.

I can’t remember his exact words, but the effect was to dismiss opponents of Common Core as ignorant hillbillies.

I decided immediately to write a nasty letter to Chester Finn (Checker to his friends).

So I did an Internet search and discovered that he was a professor. Since most professors have a public email, I was able to secure that email.

Success!

After completing my letter, I decided to take a second look at his resume.

His resume was littered with 1,000,001 accomplishments. He had written several papers; he sat on many committees; he had won numerous awards.

There was an even a picture of him in a very nice suit dressed up like a British noble.

As I looked at the resume and picture of him, I had a moment of awareness.

I said to myself: I totally cannot relate to this man’s experience in life. I would have no idea what it would be like to be him.

What would it feel like, I asked myself, to receive accolades such as he has received?

What does it feel like to have everyone clap when you walk into a room?

What does it feel like to be on someone’s shortlist?

I had no concept of that. I had no ability to relate to him principally because my value system rejects everything that Chester Finn believes in.

And this is where my moment of awareness, or epiphany, came in to play. I said to myself, if I can’t relate to him, then he can’t possibly relate to me.

It would be as if we were two different species; I would be a crustacean and he would be a vertebrate.

The two of us would never be able to communicate.

Once I understood this, I knew what I had to do.

I took the letter that I had written and I trashed it. There was no way he was going to be able to understand my experience.

I mention this to underscore one of the fundamental problems that we have in our society today.

We have a group of leaders in Washington DC, New York, Boston, and Philadelphia who have a value system that is completely divergent from those of us who are regular people.

We regulars are completely incapable of understanding them, and likewise they are completely incapable of understanding us.

There is a fundamental gap in our understanding.

At this point in time, this gap is unbridgeable.

As long as that gap is unbridgeable, we will be unable to resolve serious problems within the United States to any fruitful degree.

We are stuck.

We are a vertebrate trying to communicate with an invertebrate.

Our leaders have grown too far and too distant from us. Or, we have grown too far and too distant from our leaders.

They prosecute a value system that we cannot comprehend or live within.

We will be in a world of pain until we can bridge this gap.

Sincerely,

Archer Crosley

Copyright 2020 Archer Crosley All Rights Reserved

The Harvard Virus

The real virus isn’t the coronavirus.

COVID-19 is a chump compared to the real virus.

COVID-19 we will eventually beat. COVID-19 is not something I’m worried about in the long run. 

What I’m really worried about is the real virus.

The real virus is of course the Harvard virus.

The Harvard virus has been with us for centuries. It is an endemic virus which has become part of our genome.

It has infected our system, and it is pervasive.

Because it has been with us for so long, it will be very difficult to eradicate. But it can be done if we can only start.

That is why I am writing this article.

What is the Harvard virus? We should always begin with definitions.

The Harvard virus is that concept which states that there exists a class of people who are the best and the brightest and that it is these people who should make the decisions for us in society.

The Harvard virus is not just restricted to Harvard University. It includes all the Ivy League schools and those schools that have gained the same status as the Ivy League in our modern day world. It can even include schools from other countries such as the United Kingdom. Obviously I am talking about Oxford and Cambridge.

This virus can easily go by other names such as the Yale virus, or the Oxford virus, or even the MIT virus.

However we choose to name it, we are talking about the same virus, and we were talking about the same process.

This is a pernicious virus because it exists in the software of the mind.  The good news is that it can be eliminated in a generation if only we start programming ourselves that the people who attend these institutions are not better than the rest of us and are not entitled to lead us and make the principal decisions for us.

Of course to eradicate this virus, we must change bad habits. We must ask the New York Times to stop announcing in their paper when Harvard graduates get married or have a baby.

We must ask Hollywood to quit depicting every genius in a movie as a Harvard graduate when we know full well that neither Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein or Steve Jobs received their principal education at a so-called prestigious university.

We must ask interviewers on television to quit pre-conditioning people’s minds by announcing a person’s pedigree before, during or after that person speaks.  An audience should judge a speaker’s value based upon what comes out of that speaker’s mouth and how he or she articulates those words rather than where he or she went to school.

We must ask Presidents to stop reflexively nominating Harvard graduates to the cabinet. We must ask Presidents to stop reflexively nominating Harvard graduates to the Supreme Court. 

There was a time in this country, not too long ago, when regular people from regular schools sat on the Supreme Court.

Admittedly these are hard habit to break, but it can be done.

We can also begin to decentralize the nation politically and economically so that other voices are heard.

It’s not a good thing to have your institutions dominated by a few schools, and this is what has occurred in the United States of America. And it has made us weaker for having done so.

Our huge death count in the coronavirus illness is directly related not to the coronavirus, but to the Harvard virus.

The Harvard virus has given rise to elites at the top who have an agenda for the nation, an agenda that many regular people do not share and were not asked to consult upon.

This agenda will be as misguided as their management for the coronavirus war has been here in the United States of America.

We will barely survive in the next ten years if the Harvard virus is not contained.

Oof course, the virus has already begun to cause damage in society. We are in the early stages of a fundamental cultural revolution which will cause great damage to our nation in the next ten years. We cannot stop this train at this point in time, but we can begin to see right now that this Harvard virus is the major cause of the problems we are beginning to experience.

The Harvard virus must be defeated. There is no other way around it.

To defeat this virus we must chop the legs out from beneath it. We must destroy the supremacy of the valedictorian. We must destroy the supremacy of the GPA. We must destroy the supremacy of the SAT.

We must unequivocally obliterate their supremacist, social darwinian dogma and junk science of which the Führer would be proud.

A higher numerical score on a test does not make you a better person.

A higher numerical score on a test does not make you a smarter person. It only means that you scored first on the test.

There are many other facets to intelligence besides scoring high on a test.

The supremacy of the test assumes that people care about the test. There are many intelligent people who do not care about the test. There are many intelligent people who do not care about going to Harvard University. There are many intelligent people who are not brought up to believe in the best and the brightest. There are many intelligent people who can not go to Harvard University for any number of reasons. There are many intelligent people who are traumatized in high school and who can not do well on tests if they even wanted to do well on those tests. There are many people who are denied entrance to Harvard University because of legacy admissions which preclude them being accepted at Harvard University.

Furthermore the number of intelligent people outside Harvard University far outnumbers the number of intelligent people who are in Harvard University. Ergo, the myth of the superiority of the Harvard graduate is just that – a myth. It is a pernicious lie.

This is a pernicious lie that has infected our society.

There is an over-preponderance of Harvard graduates in the Senate, in the House of Representatives, on the Supreme Court, and in the higher levels of Corporate America.

The Harvard graduate is killing the United States of America.

The Harvard graduate is killing the people of the United States of America.

We will not survive unless this Harvard virus is defeated.  

Permanently. 

Thank you.

 

Sincerely,

Archer Crosley, MD

McAllen, TX 

Friday, July 31, 2020

Copyright 2020   Archer Crosley   All Rights Reserved

The Best and Brightest?

I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings, but the basis of your educational system, the almighty GPA, and the SAT, is damaged goods.

These metrics don’t cull out the best and brightest, and they discriminate against you.

These metrics are constructed by elites to select students who think like the elites.

These metrics falsely assume that everyone cares about getting a 4.0 average; not everyone does. Nor does everyone care about getting a top score in the SAT.

These metrics falsely assume that intelligent people don’t freak out on tests; many do.

These metrics falsely assume that a person’s MQ – moral quotient – is not important. It is.

These metrics falsely assume that all students view learning in the same way; not everyone does.

Some students view learning as an exercise in memorization.  Others view learning as gaining a symmetry to the material being presented; they are more interested in whether a body of knowledge is internally consistent; they want to know why things are the way they are.  These students will not perform as well on traditional tests.

These metrics falsely assume that everyone gets the same opportunity to get a top grade.

Unfortunately this is not so.   The rich, unable to accept that their children may not be gifted, pressure teachers to allow their children to resubmit projects for which they fairly received a lower grade.

These metrics falsely assume that everyone is living a happy life in a happy home; many are not.  Their scores will reflect that.

Now, if only the elites understood this as they maniacally snatch up every student possessing a 4.0 average, we’d be able to safeguard ourselves.

But they don’t.

Your elite schools who furnish your leaders believe in the supremacy of the GPA and SAT.

Not only do they believe in the supremacy of numbers to grade people – it’s in their Nazi blood – they believe they have culled out the best and brightest; and they believe that these Masters of the Universe, culled out at seventeen years of age, are forever to be the only people to sit in positions of power in the world.

Which is why you see so many Harvard, Yale and Ivy League graduates as Fortune 500 CEOs, Senators, Presidents and Supreme Court justices.

As George Carlin used to say: It’s a club, and you’re not in it.

In truth, this club is not the best and brightest; and they are overrepresented in our institutions.

This is dangerous for it produces academic inbreeding which produces poor results.

First things first.  There are more talented people outside these elite schools then inside these schools because of sheer numbers.

Millions are graduated from regular schools every year. The number of people that are graduated from Ivy League and like-minded schools are minuscule in comparison.  These elite schools only graduate about 2.5 to 5 percent of all graduating students.

So are we willing to state that all elite school graduates are smarter than all graduates from regular schools?  Even the top of the class at regular schools?

The powers that be seem to think so because they can’t think of anyone outside the Ivy League to put on the Supreme Court.

So let’s examine the ability of the Ivy League to cull out all elite students.  Let’s ask some questions:

What about those students who had no desire to go to an elite school?

What about those students who were late bloomers?

What about those students who could not go because they had to take care of a sick family member?

What about those students who do not approve of the concept of an elite university?

What about those students who were brought up to believe that the individual was important than the school?

These are quite a few things to think about before you start believing that Harvard represents the best and brightest.

They do not.

They are outnumbered and have been for centuries.

Their supremacy is an illusion.

Their supremacy is propaganda designed by the elites to serve the elites – to control the mass of humanity by their graduates who are steeped in politically correct dogma.

This dangerous propaganda has resulted in academic inbreeding.

The people in charge are academically defective in their thinking; and their defective thinking has resulted in the catastrophes that have taken place domestically and abroad.