Although change in how students are admitted to college has long been underway in this country, the pandemic has accelerated it (“Will the Pandemic Revolutionize College Admissions? The Wall Street Journal, May 30.) Yet no matter how much effort is put into making admissions fairer, there will always be complaints.
I’m referring now to the decision by the University of California to eliminate the SAT and ACT. As long as no national curriculum exists in this country, UC cannot possibly come up with its own version that is a significant improvement. Other countries serve as evidence. In Japan, for example, the curriculums are almost all the same throughout the country, even though standards vary among upper secondary schools. It’s not surprising, therefore, that its students perform so well.
I still maintain that college is not necessary for a good life. I say that particularly today because of the cost of getting a degree. What about vocational education?
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