The university has been under heavy political pressure to drop the tests as an admission requirement, as some other colleges have done across the country. Board of Regents Chairman John A. Pérez, a powerful voice on the board, has been a vocal opponent of the tests. There’s even a lawsuit claiming that the use of SAT and ACT scores violates the state’s civil rights law. … [Read more...] about Editorial: Despite complaints about bias, the University of California shouldn’t dump the SAT and ACT
College admissions scam rekindles scrutiny
Banks has enjoyed a successful career in media, even though, as she notes, she completed “only three years of high school math.” We applaud her abilities and good fortune. Unfortunately, the data say that outcomes for nearly 1,000 incoming CSU students every year will not be as positive. Of the first-year students who come to the CSU with only three years of preparation in quantitative reasoning, one in four do not return for a second year. … [Read more...] about Letters to the Editor: CSU’s quantitative reasoning proposal is not as scary as it’s made out to be
“Bush was up and down, but it’s hard to believe that this was the pugnacious fighter his campaign promised to deliver ahead of the debate. Perhaps his most passionate moment came in defense of his brother, former President George W. Bush. But even that was bumpy: He claimed that his brother ‘kept America safe’ from terror, overlooking 9/11, the one important moment at which Bush did not prevent an attack. Jeb Bush also still doesn’t seem to have a good answer to questions about how he differs from his brother and father, nine months into his candidacy. That’s a problem, given the low esteem in which those two administrations are held by both conservative activists and the general population. Raising his voice for what was clearly intended to be a strong finish, Bush flubbed his lines. This just isn’t a format that works well for him.” —David Graham, The Atlantic … [Read more...] about The Key Moments of the Second GOP Presidential Debate
I was in Crystal City — I’m sorry, I mean National Landing — a week ago. What a gray, dreary, soul-sapping, concrete maze of boring low-slung office buildings, chain stores, and malls. Think of the architecture of your average multistory parking lot in an airport, and remove any trace of character. Bingo! Despite Crystal City’s name, there appears to be little meth around, although, given the environment, I can see why it might be a temptation. The place has two Marriotts and three Hiltons, although you’d be hard-pressed to tell any of them apart. It’s also quite densely built, and I have yet to see actual plans for remaking it into something airy or spacious or beautiful. And it would surely need a massive makeover to appeal to the woke, wealthy, and whiny iGen-ers to move in. … [Read more...] about What Happens If Americans Stop Trusting the System?