Hone Your Inner B.S. Detector
I think we all know how I feel about college rankings lists: unreliable. (That’s me being restrained and polite. Enjoy it now. It won’t last.) If you need to catch up, you can read this, this, this, and this.
What do we learn in high school these days? How to get into college. What do we learn in college? We learn how to learn and we perfect our inner bull**it detectors. If you’re in the process of choosing colleges, then you’re in high school and have less-than-precise bull**it detecting instrumentation.
Here’s a friendly tip: Even research scientists, the humans I’ve revered since I was six years old, are capable of dishonestly crunching their data to make their work more grant-worthy. Scientists, who spend their lives peeling back the layers to find the molecular structures of truth, will bend facts for money.
One could argue that scientists are at least doing it for more funding so they can continue to search for the truths of our universe, but whatever, it’s still dishonest. If they can lie for money, then no one should be surprised that most college rankings lists come from questionable versions of reality. Just something to keep in mind if you’re planning to peruse U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges 2011.
Posted by Alexa Harrington