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ROZENMAN: ‘Diversity,’ no; individualism, yes
America is founded on opportunity, not quotas
Question of the Day
In any case, when a person applies for admission to a relatively selective university, it is too late to compensate with a blunt instrument like affirmative action for an otherwise inadequate educational background. That many American colleges offer courses in remedial reading and study skills testifies that a more pertinent problem begins at much lower levels.
Instead of jury-rigging admissions, let each of the nation’s nearly 3,000 four-year colleges and universities and almost 2,000 two-year schools accept the most academically qualified applicants for which they have room. Let each of those roughly 20 million students freely compete, according to his or her individual merits and efforts.
The United States — in which a record one-third of all those between the ages of 25 and 29 now has earned at least a bachelor’s degree — will be well and fairly served by the highly diverse outcomes.
Eric Rozenman is a Washington-based news media analyst.
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