What the ‘Social Justice’ Attack on Admissions Standards Gets Wrong

Opponents of charter schools have claimed that these schools are “cherry-picking” the students they admit and that this explains why many charter schools get better educational results with less money than public schools do.Many controversies about how students should be admitted to educational institutions, especially those supported by the taxpayers, betray a fundamental confusion about what these institutions are there for. This applies to both schools and colleges.Admitting students strictly on the basis of their academic qualifications, which might seem to be common sense, is rejected by many college admissions committees.#ad#A dean of admissions at Harvard, years ago, said, “The
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