President Obama is at it again. And this time he is targeting education by attempting to end what he terms “racial isolation” in schools. He would have admissions directors completely disregard the brightest students in order to achieve “diversity outcomes”. This is another case of ridiculous meddling in education that will in no way impact student achievement which is what everyone should be focused on.
The guidelines, which are said to be consistent with Supreme Court rulings, explain that it’s okay for educators to consider the race of students in “carefully constructed” diversity plans.
Some of the examples included in the document make it clear that the goal of achieving diversity is more important than allowing schools to select the brightest students.
Under the guidelines on admitting students to competitive schools or programs, the administration offers the following example: “A school district could identify race-neutral criteria for admission to a school (e.g., minimum academic qualifications and talent in art) and then conduct a lottery for all qualified applicants rather than selecting only those students with the highest scores under the admission criteria, if doing so would help to achieve racial diversity or avoid racial isolation.”
The pernicious nature of this policy is it’s socialist overtones. You punish the academically bright students for the cause of diversity. And if anyone complains you have the race card option built right in, ready for immediate and repeated use on any dissenters!