Is the moon made of cheese? Cambridge University is asking applicants off-the-wall questions to test their “lateral thinking.”
Actually, the moon one is easy. The answer is: No.
The survey of 1,000 Oxbridge candidates also shows would-be Oxford law students had to compare Timotei and Tesco own-brand shampoos.
No such question would be allowed in the U.S. It discriminates against the bald.
According to the Daily Mail, a candidate wanting to study medicine at Cambridge was told: “Convince me to watch you do a dance performance.”
Oxford University claim their questions are intended to test applicants’ ability to think laterally, form a logical argument and express themselves coherently.
A spokesman said: “It would just be to see how a student reacts to something they haven’t been taught.
God forbid students should be evaluated on whether they’ve learned what they’ve been taught. No, they need to demonstrate substance-free glibness to have a shot at an elite education.
Committee for a Better Carolina (members) . . . say conservative students are uncomfortable and intimidated on a campus that is overwhelmingly liberal, and they want the university to commit to big changes.
First, they will ask (Chancellor James) Moeser to include political affiliation and ideology in the university’s official nondiscrimination policy. They also want the university to devote more money to bring in speakers from a wider variety of ideological perspectives. And they want the university to conduct an investigation into the campus climate for conservatives — similar to the study conducted last year on the atmosphere for gay students.
The group also wants UNC to hire more conservative professors. Don’t hold your breath on that one, guys.