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Two Ivy League Schools Get Rid of Standardized Tests to Promote “Intellectual Diversity”

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Two Ivy League universities announced that many graduate programs will discontinue their traditional standardized Graduate Records Examination testing requirements for applicants.

They cite reasons dealing with “diversity” and concerns that these tests are “biased” against minority and low-income students.

Princeton University and Brown University recently announced that they are discarding standardized testing requirements for graduate admission under the banner of creating a more “diverse” student body.

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Back in September, Princeton announced its decision to get rid of the standardized test for 14 different graduate programs in September, declaring that the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) is biased against minority groups.

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The Princeton Graduate School Associate Dean for Access, Diversity, and Inclusion, Renita Miller, called for “intellectual diversity” in graduate programs, and highlighted the importance of “demographic diversity.”

Miller argues that scrapping this requirement will help Princeton accomplish its mission “to identify, attract and develop the most promising individuals from as many segments of society as possible.”

“Universities like Princeton have done a good job at expanding and diversifying their undergraduate populations,” Miller added.

“If we want to make similar strides on the graduate level, we must find new ways to recruit and enroll graduate students who may be the first in their families to attend college, and from low-income and underrepresented backgrounds.”

To bring more equality to graduate programs, many university officials believe that phasing out standardized testing is the way to accomplish this. Princeton Director of Graduate Studies for Classics Johannes Haubold argues that “there is concern that standardized tests are culturally biased in favor of certain groups; and that they end up testing primarily how good one is at taking tests.” Haubold cited resource concerns, pointing out that some students can afford coaching for standardized tests while others don’t have this luxury.

In October, Brown University announced a similar initiative which eliminated GRE requirements for 24 doctoral programs. The university argued that eliminating these requirements would “attract a wider pool of applicants” and “reduce barriers that discourage some students from groups historically underrepresented in higher education and from low-income backgrounds from applying for admission.”

Brown Graduate School Dean Andrew G. Campbell asserted that “by removing the Graduate School’s GRE requirement and allowing programs to decide whether to require the exam, we will broaden the talent pool of students who apply to and have access to graduate education at Brown.”

Both universities’ revised testing policies will be in effect for graduate programs beginning in the Fall of 2020. Some of the notable programs with the new requirements are both universities’ neuroscience programs, in addition to Princeton’s molecular biology graduate program and Brown’s biomedical engineering and biotechnology programs.

These moves by Princeton and Brown to lift GRE requirements for several graduate programs come right after Cornell University scrapped the same requirement from its biomedical engineering program because it was worried that these requirements “can be biased against” women and minorities.

Universities in America, especially those in the Ivy league, have been breeding grounds for political correctness.

By removing testing requirements to fit a PC agenda, they’re not only reinforcing identity politics, but they’re sullying the legacy of institutions that pride themselves in being America’s most elite venues of higher education.

Meritocratic institutions should not care about PC grandstanding nor the ethnic background or gender of applicants. If they truly lived up to their mottos and goals to produce the best alumni possible, universities should only be concerned with the applicants’ merits and credentials.

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Is Sherlock Holmes About to be Cancelled?

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Will Sherlock Holmes be the next victim of the woke purges?

According to a report from Express, certain literary experts believe that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote “crass racist descriptions” in his novels about Sherlock Holmes. Arthur Conan Doyle was the author of the world famous Sherlock Holmes novel.

Doyle had a statue built in Edinburgh built in Edinburgh across the house Doyle was born in.

In one of Doyle’s short stories, The Adventure of the Three Gables, he wrote about an occasion in which Holmes stared at the “hideous mouth” of a “huge negro” and informed the “savage”: “I don’t like the smell of you.”

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Similarly, in The Sign of the Four, the second novel which featured Sherlock Holmes in 1890, Doyle describes the indigenous people of the Andaman Islands off the coast of India as “naturally hideous, having large, misshapen heads.”

Dr. Merrick Burrow, a professor of English at the University of Huddersfield said to The Times of Scotland: “Especially in the early Sherlock Holmes stories, there are crass racist descriptions.”

“There is no question that the language used to describe people of various ethnicities is inflammatory, offensive and insensitive by any contemporary standards. The stories are almost all narrated by Dr Watson and there is a racist framework of descriptions of immigrants in negative terms,” Burrow remarked.

Burrow asserted that the author should not be judged by contemporary standards. She emphasized that Doyle’s “crass characterizations were fairly typical of his time [The Victorian Era].

He continued: “There is a massive difference between someone who was a slave trader or waged military campaigns and someone who wrote books.”

Jonathan McCafferty, the president of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London, said there was “lamentable instances of language” in Doyle’s works.

Such concerns over Doyle’s alleged racism come in a time when Black Lives Matter protests have flared up in American and all over the world.

Such uproar has given the radical iconoclasts the opportunity to call for the destruction of Western history.

Doyle’s works are among the many pieces of European history that are fair game for destruction.

What we’re witnessing across the West is what happens when political correctness is allowed to run rampant.

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