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November 30, 2005


Vance Maverick

I've known lots of Ivy-league students, having been one myself. I do believe that group is smarter than average, on the whole. However, it's also harder-working than average, on the whole, and definitely more privileged, both in wealth and in inherited cultural capital. There are exceptions to all these rules: students of average intelligence, average or low diligence (like me), and even average or low privilege -- but not many. I don't think the group is far enough off the norm in any of these dimensions to correspond to the high selectivity of the Ivy League, unless you combine all the dimensions.

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