Patterico's Pontifications


Constitutional Vanguard: The Georgetown Law Professor Race Kerfuffle

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 1:07 pm

Today’s missive is about 2,600 words on the controversy over the Georgetown law professors who discussed, in what they thought was a private conversation, their “angst” at the fact that a disproportionate number of black students kept ending up at the bottom of their grading curves. You can imagine what happened next.

A teaser:

Namely, institutions of higher learning, especially prestigious ones like Georgetown, admit some black applicants with academic credentials that would be insufficient for admission if the candidate were not a racial minority. This is not really a debatable point. Given that we know that happens, it is really so surprising that these professors find some level of disparity in which races have the toughest time with their courses? You can’t have racial preferences in the admissions process — and the Georgetown admissions process, like that of most institutions of higher learning, does indeed employ racial preferences — and not have that race-conscious decisionmaking affect students’ academic achievement.

As Thomas Sowell has convincingly explained, preferential policies create academic failure.

This is the sort of topic I often reserved for paid members, in part because of the apparent danger of writing publicly about such things. I put it out there to all and sundry today in the hopes that some of you will take the leap and subscribe as paid members. I have also recorded another podcast, a sort of “Ask Me Anything” episode, that I may (may!) release to the general public on Tuesday, as another example of what paid members get on a regular basis.

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UPDATE: Link fixed. Thanks to Nic.

Sunday Music: Bach Cantata BWV 68

Filed under: Bach Cantatas,General,Music — Patterico @ 9:44 am

It is the fourth Sunday in Lent. The title of today’s cantata is “Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt” (God so loved the world).

Today’s Gospel reading is John 3:14-21:

Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

The text of today’s cantata is available here, and contains these words:

God so loved the world,
that He gave us His Son.
Whoever gives himself to Him in faith
shall afterwards live with Him eternally.
Whoever believes that Jesus was born for him,
will never be lost,
and no sorrow will trouble him
who loves God and also His Jesus.

Happy listening! Soli Deo gloria.

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