by Jon Guze
Senior Fellow, Legal Studies, John Locke Foundation
That’s the conclusion of a recent study published by the Stanford Centner for Education Policy Analysis. It’s just one of many reasons why getting rid of standardized tests and relying instead on essays, interviews, and high-school transcripts tips the scales in favor of the rich and well-connected at the expense of bright kids from less privileged backgrounds, especially when those kids are Asian. Some of the people who want to get rid of standardized tests may actually want to help the poor and underprivileged and simply be uniformed. Most, however, surely know exactly what they’re doing. They’re changing the rules to benefit children from their own class at the expense of children from the lower orders.