Betharl wrote:I don't know how much of a role income/wealth plays in LSAT scores. I mean, for the very rich or the very poor, I can see it making a difference, but there are a whole lot of people in the middle. I am sure wealth plays a bigger role in ACT/SAT scores, because all high-schoolers are required to take those exams (or at least I know we were required to take the ACT at my HS). Remember, when it comes to the LSAT, we are talking about people who have graduated or plan to graduate from college, which excludes a lot of very poor people.
I guess what I am saying is I agree that wealth plays a role, but I think RR is exaggerating things a little bit. It seems like he is writing people off who got great scores simply because they aren't poor, when in reality, they are outscoring most of the rich kids too.
When I say wealth, I don't mean just $$.. I mean the entire lifestyle. Rich people are more likely to focus on education, avoid doing stupid things (drugs, drinking excessively), etc. The kids of rich parents then usually get easier paths not only because they have money for prep materials, tutors, etc. but also because they have a better view of life.
You know what 5+5 is, right? It's 10. Now, suppose it's actually 11. You went through your entire life thus far with the belief that it was 10 and your belief was so strong that nearly nothing could make you believe that it was 11. Kids from not so wealthy backgrounds don't just suffer from lack of $$, but suffer whollistically (sp?). Some think doing drugs and selling them is good just as you think going to school is good, and these kids don't understand why the cops take them to jail for doing something good just as you would be shocked by getting the answer wrong to 5+5 if you said 10. Seriously, they think that and it's hard for you to imagine that since you come from a place where doing and selling drugs is obviously wrong.
There is a strong correlation between wealth and doing the "right" thing in respect to being successful and poverty and doing what is "wrong." So someone who is taking the LSAT and is from a wealthy background is more likely to have taken studying for the LSAT as important, have studied a lot, gotten tutors, classes, and did really well in school. Someone who isn't from a wealthy background and who is also going to go to law school is, though more in tune with school and successful ways than the most poor, is more likely to not take school as seriously, study, get a tutor, etc, as the rich kid. At the end, because of the environment they were in, they ended at different places mentally and academically, but at the same place in respect to taking the LSAT.
Now these kids take the LSAT. The rich kid is more likely to get a 170+ while the not so rich kid can do well but isn't likely to get as high of a score as the rich kid. That's why I'm not very impressed by rich kids who get 170+. It's like asking me to be impressed that you or I aren't in jail for trafficking women...