The diversity obsession in college admissions

The Supreme Court is expected to hear the challenge to Harvard’s race-conscious admissions program (“As Harvard Case Looms at Supreme Court, Study Tests Value of Diversity,” The New York Times, June 1).  I realize that not all education takes place in the classroom.  In fact, attitudes that develop from interaction between racial groups persist long after subject matter is forgotten.

But if students are admitted largely on the basis of their race in order to craft a diverse student body, they run the risk of finding themselves over their head in handling rigorous work.  When that happens, they drop out, with their self-esteem severely damaged.

All students, regardless of race who lack the wherewithal, would be better off applying to schools in line with their ability.

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