Educational Realist points out that Asians often cheat to get their academic success. This is true to a degree, though I knew plenty of Asians that were very competent in math and science, and some cheaters as well. But the point he’s missing is that at least the Asians care enough to cheat. American kids are just like “whatever, I’ll major in psychology instead.” And the fact is that the Asians have “science and engineering high schoools” where the kids get the equivalent of a BS in high school.
To continue my thoughts on college admissions and Asians:
Many people, reading of the clear discrimination against Asians, become all righteous, thinking of those poor, hardworking Asians. Come to America, work hard, and look how the system screws them.
But that reaction ignores the stereotype.
The stereotype, delicately put: first and second generation Chinese, Korean, and Indian Americans often fail to embody the sterling academic credentials they include with their applications, and do not live up to the expectations these universities have for top tier students.
Less delicately put: They cheat. And when they don’t cheat, they game tests in a way utterly incomprehensible to the Western mind, leading to test scores with absolutely zero link to underlying ability. Or both. Or maybe it’s all cheating, and we just don’t know it. Either way, the resumes are functional fraud.
Is it true for every single recent Chinese, Korean, or Indian…
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