This blog is about living the American Dream at the dawn of the new millennium! I am a nameless, mid-20s, bottom 150 Law School Graduate who finds himself marginally attached and awash in a sea of overeducated but underpaid, indentured peers who feel, and were, duped by the promise of a better life through debt and modern chemistry. Let's get to the point. The Law School Industrial Complex is a scam that has destroyed a generation out of greed. Vendettas were once legal and the pursuit of one was seen not only as moral, but necessary. This newly minted lawyer is going to continue the practice. DON'T GO TO LAW SCHOOL YOU MORONS! Ce qui suit est ce qui reste!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Rankings: It Never Ends

"Nothing worth knowing can be taught." ~ Oscar Wilde, convicted of and sentenced to two years of hard labor for having "sodomy" aka sex with a man, still illegal in many states

God damn it, when will it be enough for you rapists of potential futures, nondischargeable debt bandits higher educational industrial complex?  So now they're ranking community colleges.

Here's my favorite difference in criteria between ranking law graduate schools and community colleges.

For community colleges, there are the following to determine the ranking/value/prestige of a community college:

To pick the winners, judges analyzed Department of Education data on the percentage of students who graduate with an associate's degree or successfully transfer from their community colleges into four-year institutions. They also assessed the proportion of low-income and minority students who completed each program, and if completion rates improved over time at the particular schools. The 120 winners, representing the top 10 percent of the country's 1,200 community colleges, can now enter to win a $700,000 prize.

Can you imagine if the US News and World Report ranked law schools based upon actual, objective criteria rather than the totally subjective bullshit they try to justify with a whole section on "methodology."  BTW, their "methodology" for ranking is essentially a gussied up poll and the rest is culling together self-reported data (both of which are highly unreliable and remarkably plastic).  Even with the "new and improved" format for this year -- something they did only after the scamblog movement began -- it's still total bullshit.

What would law school rankings look like if they did it solely on the following?

1) Percentage of those who earned their JD?
2) Number who pass a bar exam (or those who can transfer to a 4 year institution)?
3) Proportion of low income and minority students who completed their JD? 

FYI they do do the 3rd, the "most diverse" category but if you notice the most diverse schools also usually inhabit the very bottom of the tiers.


God forbid either genre tried to show correlation/causation between attendance of the formalized educational program versus employment prospects/salary outcomes. Well I guess they do but they flat out lie about it to lure more unsuspecting lemmings have shortcomings in self-reporting.  As the article points out,

One major problem is that the bulk of community college students take remedial courses because they did not learn basic math and reading comprehension in high school. Remedial courses do not transfer to four-year universities, and they also slow students' progress toward an associate's degree, even though they are often necessary. Another problem is that not all community colleges are clear about which courses transfer to four-year institutions, so students often waste time on classes that don't get them closer to a bachelor's degree.

I have terrible news for the Obama Administration and the Dept of Ed --- Even the majority of people who attend 4 year colleges and earn a degree lack basic math skills and reading comprehension.

Let me repeat that.

It has been proven that a significant percentage of kids who buy into the American Dream of higher education --- learn absolutely nothing by attending college


Till Next Time!!! Hey Cletus!!! Get you some learnin' while the learnin's good!


  1. Demos,

    You are spot on, when you note that many do not learn anything useful during college. Unless drinking beer out of a funnel connected to your girlfriend's ass counts as useful.

    Some of the dumbest people I have ever met have JDs or Master's degrees. To be fair, I spend more time around "educated" people than those without such degrees. However, I have met some complete idiots. One guy with a Master's in biology told me that most old people die of HIV and AIDS. (I guess he mistook their weakened immune systems as a sympton of AIDS.)

    My sister-in-law has a Master's in Economics. She once told me that a person could actually live on $2-$3 an hour. When I asked her if SHE could make it on such a figure, she turned beet red. (I fail to see how someone with three children and a fourth in her cretinous husband, with a McMansion could get by on $2-$3 an hour.) Often, "highly educated" people feel the need to make up an answer, when "I don't know" would suffice.

    At Third Tier Drake, I took an easy one credit class called "Comparative Criminal Law." The professor taught at a French law school. He and I were talking about the growth of private prisons in the U.S. and Europe. Then some fat chick in the class behind me said, "But that's total population. What about prisoners per capita?"

    CLEARLY, the stupid cow did not understand that we were talking about per capita. She did not even know that the U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world. I knew that while I was in middle school.

    Too many Americans equate highly educated with highly intelligent. Variations include: "Well, she has a license to practice law" and "She earned a degree (in Women's Studies) from Bryn Mawr." This is foolish, ignorant and overlooks the accomplishments of highly intelligent people. For instance, Garry Kasparov does not appear to have a college degree.

    As it stands, just about anyone who wants an advanced degree can earn one, in the United States. I know dozens of over-educated, low-income workers. Sure, you can put some extra letters behind your name - but employers care about what you can do.

  2. What's next, is community college to become like law school? Where people look down on institutions that are not in the top 10 percent? Will alternate rankings be put out by a college that sucks, that will put them on near the top? Will people brag about how they went to a T20% community college before going to Whereever State? I can't see that last one happening because people mostly enroll at a community college close to home, but stranger things have happened.