anders knows that i have a rant involving the ivy league. and i'm not saying that they're not excellent institutions with excellent funding...but there are other excellent institutions that aren't ivy league too...my general rant was that to most people, the ivy league is an undefined higher entity of sorts...like god, happiness, love, and airplane peanuts. i promise you that if you poll random people on the street or even students, not many people will be able to name more than Harvard...poor Cornell...the forgotten ivy. i have asked ivy leaguers themselves who have come up with different answers. of course, some people do know all of them, but they're usually ivy jumpers.
i see it as an interesting illustration of social hierarchy. and i know most of you don't live in the middle of the country, like i do...but i bet that i can find a student who hasn't heard of the ivy league. ok, so i'm going to spend the next couple days polling and will report back to you.
here's what i'm suggesting for the poll.
information: age, gender, education, hometown/region/nomad.
questions: have you heard of the ivy league? how many are there? name as many as you can. are you attending or have you ever attended an ivy league school?
i think i should exclude people under 15. any suggestions on the poll?
also, it might be fun to try it on thraxil. you can post anonymously if you want and we'll see what we get. no cheating and looking it up on the internet though because that wouldn't be any fun.