Decisions about admission into college are based on a gamut of factors. Potentially among them: a student’s understanding of parabolas, perihelions and the Reconstruction — that is, his or her academic preparation and performance. But should those decisions also take into account the resourcefulness shown in learning amid challenging circumstances — say, an impoverished, crime-ridden neighborhood?
The College Board thinks so, and if it had a good tool for measuring each applicant’s environment and perseverance, we’d be applauding today. But it doesn’t, so we aren’t.[Read more…]