In a misguided attempt to racially diversify elite high schools, some school districts are using a lottery (“Parents Challenge Lottery Systems Used to Diversify Elite High Schools,” The Wall Street Journal, Mar. 13). Although the policy is well intentioned, it will do terrible harm to whatever academic standards still exist.
With few exceptions, diversity and merit cannot exist in equal proportions. That’s because life is unfair. Some young people are smarter and work harder than others. Trying to engineer an ideal racial enrollment will undermine elite high schools. Only the U.S. is hellbent on destroying giftedness.
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