by Ronald Mason, Jr.
Dear Secretary DeVos,
I was encouraged to see that in response to the current college scandal you called for all admissions to be based on merit. However, in order for that to happen, we will have to radically restructure our system of education. The current scandal is only a symptom of the kind of cheating that is pervasive. In truth, it is wealth — not merit — that guarantees entry to “top” schools.
Science tells us that natural ability is distributed equally across race and class at birth, but access to quality education on a class- and color-blind basis is hard to come by in the United States. Many of our educational shortfalls result from