When 82 of the 350 students in an organic chemistry class at NYU signed a petition charging that Maitland Jones, Jr. made the material too hard, he was fired (“The N.Y.U Chemistry Students Shouldn’t Have Needed That Petition,” The New York Times, Oct. 7). There is some truth to both sides of the issue, but I maintain that in the final analysis there is only one consideration.
The fact is that med school is not for everyone. It takes a certain innate intelligence to succeed that has little to do with economic and social factors. Trying to engineer diversity in any medical school is bound to harm patients who are less interested in race than in competency.
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