Thursday, January 26, 2017

The Dictatorship of Equality

So to sum up: a law for equality became a club that terrifies college administrators into cutting their sports teams, and terrifies faculty for fear of any misstep that could destroy their careers.

Gideon Isaac

In 1972 Congress prohibited discrimination in America's schools -- that is, discrimination based on gender. This law, Title IX, had a safety clause to prevent preferential treatment to women if there was an imbalance between women and men in some activity.

Unfortunately, the safety clause did not work. Colleges found that in practice they had to balance the number of young men and women in their sports programs numerically. As a result, they had to eliminate entire teams of young sportsmen -- including swimming teams that produced Olympians. They often also had to eliminate "walk-ons" that is, people who were not recruited on scholarship, but decided they wanted to try out for a sport.

Before I go into the details, I will say that my impression is that laws that forbid discrimination become sticks to beat squares into circles by activists who believe that equality of opportunity means equality of result. And while it would seem that such bad logic could be ignored by the colleges, it cannot be...... Read more

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