Historically, there was a time now too long ago when very few Jews could get into Ivy League schools — not because of “anti-Semitism” as many Jews claim — but rather because they just weren’t smart enough, which was reflected in their poor performance on the SAT test. A clever Jew from Brooklyn, Stanley Kaplan, changed all that, when he figured out how to crack the test and then tutor fellow Jews on how to increase their scores — opening the doors to the Ivy League. The following is from the research of Nicholas Lemann, a Jew himself:
In the early 1950s Stanley H. Kaplan, a graduate of City College of New York, who in spite of his good grades couldn’t get a job, set up a small tutoring operation in a modest building in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn.
Kaplan capitalized on Jewish educational aspirations at a time when the SAT had firmly established itself as the official rite of passage for entry into the colleges that granted access to the top positions in the American meritocracy.
The WASP ruling class under Henry Chauncey’s direction had created what it thought was an uncoachable test that measured pure mental ability. Kaplan was smart enough to see through WASP pretensions and come up with a system that guaranteed better test results. The system was so simple that it hardly qualifies as a system at all.
In the days when the blueprint for building the atomic bomb was an open secret compared to the questions on the SAT test, Kaplan came up with a simple but ingenious way to subvert the system. After each class graduated from Kaplan’s school and took the test, he would invite them back to celebrate with hot dogs and root beer; admission to the party was gained by having each student tell Kaplan one question he remembered from taking the test. The net result of Kaplan’s parties was a list of the questions that his students would face when taking the SATs.
If Kaplan tutored five classes of fifty students in one year, at the end of that year he had 250 questions. By the time Kaplan sold his test-prep business to the Washington Post company in the ‘70s, for $50 million he had over 30 years experience in gathering questions, which meant he could tell his students with increasing accuracy the answers to those questions as well.
Jewish scores on the SATs rose accordingly, as did Jewish admission to the prestigious colleges that had established quotas to keep them out in the early 20th century. It is unlikely that people like Conant and Chauncey and Brigham considered Jews from Brooklyn the candidates most likely to fulfill Jefferson’s ideal of the natural aristocrat, but they were the main beneficiaries of the system that Chauncey and Conant put in place to rescue nature’s aristocrats from the rubbish that the SAT was raking through in the period following World War II.
The WASP faith in “science,” based as it was on the idea of noblesse oblige they had learned at schools like Groton, proved no match for clever Jews from Brooklyn, who quickly filled the slots the WASPs had reserved for nature’s aristocrats in the meritocracy.
Harvard University can now boast of a faculty and student body that is between 30 and 40 percent Jewish. The type of people that Carl Brigham thought his test would exclude, because they weren’t particularly intelligent, ending up using his test to take over America’s elite universities. Once that happened it was only a matter of time before they took over American culture as well, something that occurred in the mid-1970s, just as opposition to the SATs was reaching a fever pitch. [archived]
Lemann would like us to believe that undermining the SAT actually made America more "democratic" — by which he means, in the peculiar egalitarian-speak that has infected upper-middle America and above for 100 years, more of a meritocracy — but nothing could be further from the truth.
Once a sufficient number of Jews became professors at the Ivy League schools, they started showing extreme preference for other Jews in the hiring and admissions processes — to the point that the ‘elite’ schools today have become not much more than Jewish Shivas.
As far as the claim that Harvard was traditionally “anti-Semitic” and thus rejected Jews from admission, this charge is contradicted by the fact that Harvard was founded by heavily-Judaized Christians. In fact, Harvard was so enamored with Jews that some of their commencement speeches were given in Hebrew.
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