Meritocracy continues to be attacked by reformers who want to end testing for admission to selective high schools simply because their enrollment does not reflect that of their existence in the overall community (“A Progressive Assault on Selective High Schools,” The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 26).
The so-called “disparate impact” that the exam’s results have on admission are cited as justification for change. But the reality is that not all students are equally intelligent or motivated. As a result, it comes as no surprise that the racial composition of exam schools is what it is.
Only in this country is differentiation in education anathema. All of our competitors abroad begin to sort out students early in their education. We can argue that they do so too soon, as in the case of Singapore with its primary school leaving exam, but the results speak for themselves.
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