Democracies are born from elite (hierarchical) societies and for a time can and do retain much of their elitism, but since democracy is premised on egalitarianism (“We hold these truths…”), and egalitarian systems cannot tolerate inequalities caused by elitism, all elite notions but one must erode. The one that remains is brute unthinking strength, of the rabble and of the “strong man”.
Forgive the length of this excerpt (pp. 18-19). It is mandatory that you should read it.
The next time you see lightning and hear the accompanying thunder, you can easily estimate the distance between yourself and the lightning by using the following method.
When you see a lightning bolt, start counting the seconds until you hear the thunder. Divide the total number of seconds by five. The result is the approximate distance to the lightning. Thus, if you counted 10 seconds between the flash of the lightning and the sound of the thunder, the lightning struck about two miles away.
How does the method work? It’s simple. The speed of sound in air is about 1,125 feet—approximately one-fifth of a mile—per second. The speed of light is approximately 186,000 miles per second. The light and sound created by the lightning bolt originate at the same time, but because the speed of light is much greater than the speed of sound, we see the flash of the lightning before we hear the rumble of the thunder.
When you count the seconds between the lightning and the thunder and divide the total by five, you are in fact estimating the distance in miles—one mile per five seconds—that the sound traveled since the lightning flash.[Answer this question:]
Which of the following is a fundamental assumption of this method of estimating the distance between an observer and a bolt of lightning?
A. The wavelength of light is much shorter than the wavelength of sound.
B. The speed at which light travels is so great that the time required for the light waves to reach the observer is essentially zero.
C. Sound waves are more strongly affected by atmospheric conditions than are light waves.
D. The speed at which sound and light travel varies proportionately
Some people will answer this (not terribly well-posed) question correctly and some incorrectly. Suppose, as happened, this question was administered to a group of public school teachers and that it was discovered a much larger proportion of white and Asian—pale races, or of “no color”, let us say—got the right answer than did teachers of non-pale races (“of color”). According to a news report, “Hispanic and black applicants had a passage rate only 54 to 75 percent of the passage rate for whites.”
Some thing or things caused this “disparity” or “discrepancy.” It is called a disparity because egalitarianism demands that members of any subgroup should score the same, in mean or distribution, as any other subgroup. Subgroups are based on age, sex, race, sexual desire; anything, really.
It was asserted that the cause of the disparity was “racism”. Now what could that mean? Maybe there is some subtle phrasing or wording that people of color recognize as denigrating? Say “count the seconds between the lightning and the thunder and divide the total by five” is, among of color communities, known to be demeaning. Grant this. Then, either people of color cannot also recognize the plain English meaning of that phrase or they can. If they cannot, then it has to be explained why people of color cannot read plain English, regardless of whether it contains hidden “code words”.
If people of color can distinguish the plain language meaning, then there should be no problem answering the question at the same rates as people of no color. Unless you accept the theory that the phrase is so flagrantly racist that people of color lose their ability to reason and so purposely (or not) answer the question incorrectly. The reader is invited to peruse the other sample questions to see whether this theory is plausible (if anything, the opposite is true).
There are only two possibilities left: people of color do not have the same ability to answer the question as people of no color (we are speaking on average, of course), or that people of color come to the test with less education, and that lack of education was caused by (at least) racism. Egalitarian theory insists that the first explanation cannot be right. All subgroups are equal by definition. The second theory, racism causes lack of education or ability, must therefore be true.
Suppose it is. Let none of us question egalitarianism! To emphasize, we are supposing as true all are equal and that racism (inside or outside the test environment) has caused people of color to score less well. But then enters a new problem. The knowledge contained in the test questions were deemed important for teachers and students to know.
The test was used to measure teaching ability. But the scores showed that people of color are less able to teach. Egalitarianism demands that this not be so, and therefore racism and not differing ability must be the reason. Teachers of all races have equal teaching ability (in distribution) by definition. Since racism cannot be eliminated, the only possible solution is to eliminate the test. A judge so ordered.
Remember we are granting racism. Racism really did, we say, cause the disparity. Only a racist could deny this! Even so, eliminating the test cannot eliminate the disparity. It can only hide it. That means teachers unable to do their job are being put in front of kids. It is true that these teachers are not inept because of their own lack, but because of racism, but regardless, they are still inept.
We have finally reached the point where I prove the contention which opened this article. Ineptness is intolerable. Egalitarianism won’t stand for this kind of language. (I’m willing to bet some of you cringed when reading this technical word.)
So the real and final solution is to argue the test was never that important after all. The material was not necessary for teachers or students to know. Standards are overrated. The news report said “the burden shifted to New York to prove that [the test] measured skills that were essential for teachers and therefore was justified in having a racially unequal outcome…District Judge Kimba Wood said the state hadn’t met that burden.” (Wood was a Reagan appointee.)
Elitism chipped away, brick by brick. Readers (able to pass the sample test linked to) will recognize this is only one of thousands of instances of the decline of excellence. Standards are removed for women in the military, for women in fire departments, for college students, for married people, for policing; science, art, music, literature, everywhere. Chip, chip, chip.
Solution? Remove egalitarianism. But that can’t happen until egalitarianism’s final “victory”.
Update Best of class? In Dublin, [Ohio] 222 grads tie. “Roughly 20 percent of all graduating seniors at Dublin’s three high schools were awarded valedictorian status.”