No more idiotic whining about affirmative action
Here’s a solution that works... If you’re serious
In the wake of the Supreme Court decision to cancel affirmative action in college admissions, the loons and hand-wringers and race hustlers are out in full force.
They’re busy trying to lay down bricks of Equity (guaranteed reward based on zero achievement) on the sane Equal Opportunity Road into colleges.
There is a solution to this mess.
The solution should have been enacted decades ago.
Let’s say a high school student applies to Princeton. By any rational standard, he shouldn’t be accepted.
He gets a letter from Princeton:
“We see your test scores and grades don’t meet our standards. However, looking at your performance and effort in a few of your classes, we notice potential.”
“We’ve established a second separate school at Princeton. Remedial Prep. It features a two-year program to bring promising students up to par—at which point they’re admitted to Princeton.”
“There are no guarantees. We would accept you and put you in classes five days a week to improve your academic performance. You would have to work hard to improve your reading, writing, and math skills.”
“The cost of this program would be deferred through a scholarship. You would also have to work at a part-time job (which we would offer) off campus, to offset the free scholarship.”
“After attending Remedial Prep for two years, we would evaluate your progress and give you a battery of tests. If you pass, you enter Princeton. If you don’t pass, entrance would be denied. At that point, we would forward your academic record to any other college you might want to apply to.”
“Let us know whether you want to enter Remedial Prep and whether you agree to our conditions.”
That’s it, plain and simple.
The student doesn’t measure up at present. But because of his genuine efforts in high school, he gets a chance. To show what he can do. To improve.
But there is no confusion. He isn’t accepted at Princeton. He goes to the other school. Which has its own facilities and teachers. He doesn’t have access to Princeton proper.
If he fails to improve sufficiently after two years, he doesn’t get into Princeton. No amount of whining and objection will change that.
This solution isn’t Equity or Diversity or Inclusion. It’s a path to meritocracy.
For those who want it.