Thursday, March 29, 2018

David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez: Not Too Bright

Now we know. Stoneman Douglas High School student leaders of last weekend's anti-gun march are not the brightest of the bright. 

Take David Hogg… he’s the anti-gun zealor who cursed out the world on national television. Apparently, young David was rejected by the colleges of his choice. Among them were UCLA, from the University of California at Santa Barbara, the University of California at San Diego and the University of California at Irvine.

As a consolation, he was accepted at Cal State San Mateo, Cal Poly and Florida Atlantic.

Hogg is not sure what he will do next year. He thinks he is going to change the world. With that in mind he will probably take a year off.

As for his record, his GPA is 4.2, well above the 3.4 threshold for out-of-state applicants to California universities. Yet, his SAT score was 1270, undoubtedly insufficient for admission. Apparently, there’s some serious grade inflation at Stoneman Douglas High School.

As for Emma Gonzalez, she will attend something called the New College of Florida. You have not heard of it. Neither have I. One thing we can conclude is that it is not Stanford or Williams.

It is ranked high for being gay friendly and for being pot friendly. Wikipedia offers this tidbit:

In 2015 New College of Florida failed to qualify for a share of a $100M pool of state educational funds after scoring third lowest statewide among Florida colleges and junior colleges on a career issue-focused rating metric. One year post-graduation, only 44% of New College graduates were working or pursuing their education full-time, by far the lowest in the Florida college system. Median wages for New College graduates employed full-time in Florida one year post-graduation was $21,200, vs over $30,000 for every other university in the state.[31] Similarly, a Brookings Institution report rating U.S. Colleges by their incremental impact on earnings 10 years post-graduation ranked New College in the bottom 15% of colleges nationwide.

It looks as though their fifteen minutes of fame will soon be over.


Alter Kocker said...

1982 Fields medalist William Thurston got his bachelors there in 1967.
I don't know what it's like now, but back then you could go there and study whatever you wanted. Bill Thurston chose math, I doubt the globina will choose the same.

Christopher B said...

Hogg immediately seemed to me to have that Eddie Haskell like low cunning of someone who's intelligence is about average but knows how to suck up to aurhority. Emma Gonzales has admitted her clique bullied Nicholas Cruz. That both are doing little more than parrotting back the lies they've been taught is evidenced by a recent report in the WaPo that only 10% of the participants in the recent march were 18 or younger. The rest were an average age of almost 50, and overwhelmingly female.

Sam L. said...

They will likely end up getting more than they deserve. Way more.

Ignatius Acton Chesterton OCD said...

David Hogg is a curious cat. A perfect character for the Glowing Box. Unrestrained emotion, absent intellect.

I’d love to ask him, “David, you like to express yourself a lot, which is covered under the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights. What do you think led the Founders to choose the [expletive deleted] right to bear arms as the Second Amendment listed — before the other eight rights we hold so dear?”

I would hope that a high school student with a 4.2 GPA would be able to provide a thoughtful answer within that frame. From all I’ve seen, I’m certain David would not. So... what does a 4.2 measure? Achievement? It doesn’t look like it.

If the Second Amendment is an anachronism, perhaps we should move toward phasing out the Third Amendment and start quartering military personnel in the Hogg home. That would lead us to spend less on the military, and we’d have more money to spend on social programs. David certainly thinks the Fourth Amendment is still relevant today now that we have technology to create the dreaded clear backpacks his school requires, which he finds to be a distasteful invasion of his privacy. Someone should point out to David that “privacy” actually does not appear in the Constitution, while “...the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed” does.

‘Twould seem that David Hogg is on the Constitutional cafeteria plan. He thinks some things are okay, but not others. Because he FEELS that way. He might benefit by being clued-into the fact that others think (and feel) differently than he does. What to do with that dilemma?

Still wondering what Obama’s grades and test scores were.