Imagine being able to goof off while studying, earning only a minimal GPA, and then make it into an Ivy League University on the basis of winning a lottery. It would be a dream come true for millions of high school and college universities who prefer partying to working hard and studying, and it may actually come true if Harvard education professor Natasha Warikoo has her way.
Decrying “meritocracy” that enables students who work hard and earn high test scores to earn a spot in one of the country’s prestigious universities, Professor Warikoo calls for a lottery system to include anyone who earns a minimal GPA. The idea behind the system is, naturally, to ensure a “diverse” campus while avoiding pesky lawsuits such as the one filed by Asian American students who were rejected from Harvard on the basis of their ethnicity.
Warikoo isn’t the only one who thinks that a lottery-based system would be best for all involved. A number of liberal journalists have embraced her theories. Many are proclaiming that the system currently used at universities isn’t really “merit-based” because so many other factors are taken into consideration.
Wealth, for instance, seems to play a large role in who gets into an ivy-league college. Rich people with connections seem to have better chances of getting their offspring into an ivy-league educational institution, as evidenced by the fact that children of the 1% wealthiest people in the country are 77 times more likely to attend a prestigious university than the child of someone in bottom 20%. What is more, many universities already use a complex system to decide who gets in and this system includes not just test scores, academic accomplishments and personal accomplishments but also race and arbitrary factors such as one’s personality and likeability.
Even so, the fact that merit alone won’t get someone into a top-tier educational institution should not be seen as grounds for making the system even more unfair. Those who promote a lottery-based system state that it would benefit those who don’t get into their dream school by helping them learn life lessons about disappointment and the need for resilience. It goes without saying that those who think these are good lessons for privileged kids to learn don’t seem to think that underprivileged kids need to learn them. In fact, they go on to state that those who don’t get into the school of their choice could at least blame it on the system rather than their poor test scores, laziness or apathetic approach to improving their own lives.
Instead of teaching humility, resilience and how to handle disappointment, a lottery system would in fact teach young people that hard work is not really all that valuable. It would ingrain in their minds that “diversity” and “fairness” is more important than learning self-discipline. It is also worth mentioning the fact that, if a lottery system were to take hold, businesses would likely value a university degree a lot less than they do now. While many companies are coming to realize that a Bachelors, Masters or Ph.D. is not as valuable as it once was, there are still many prestigious companies who put weight on a degree from a prestigious educational institution. This would likely no longer be the case if those who enter and graduate from such institutions simply got in due to “luck” rather than hard work and self-discipline.
On the other hand, perhaps moving to a lottery-based university admission system is in fact a good thing. Many educational institutions have gone from providing important skills to young people to becoming liberal indoctrination centers focusing on unimportant study courses such as gender studies and liberal arts. The quality of education being provided at many colleges and universities today is a disgrace, and even those who want to learn something valuable are often hampered by professors who care more about “micro-aggressions” and making everyone happy.
A lottery-based system may in fact make clear what many educational experts and conservative activists have been saying all along; that is, colleges and universities are failing young people by catering to their feelings rather than offering the best possible educational services.
~ Conservative Zone