Thursday, November 16, 2006

Odd priorities?

If by "them" you mean minorities such as Jews, Chinese-Americans, Indian-Americans and other people of Asian descent, then the ongoing national obsession with diversity probably isn't good. Indeed, that's why Jian Li, a freshman at Yale, filed a civil rights complaint against Princeton University for rejecting him. Li had nigh-upon perfect test scores and grades, yet Princeton turned him down. He'll probably get nowhere with his complaint — he did get into Yale after all — but it shines a light on an uncomfortable reality.

I hate to say it, but I'm going to say this kid's gotta calm down. I know plenty of people with near perfect test scores who don't get into their first choice schools. It may be 'discrimination' in the legally protected sense of the word. On the other hand, perhaps it could be because the school is looking for something besides perfect test scores. Just a hypothesis.

A Princeton education, like a baby, is not a right. It's a gift from a higher authority, be it admissions or God.

Note that God can play a role in both but hopefully admissions is playing a role only in the education.

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