The 'Adversity Score' is Zero

Jan 2019
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What a moronic idea this is...

The ‘Adversity Score’ Is Zero
HOWIE'S COLUMNS
By Howie Carr
On May 17, 2019
n this March 7, 2017 File photo, rowers paddle down the Charles River past the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. A lawsuit alleging racial discrimination against Asian American applicants in Harvard's admissions process is heading to trial in Boston's federal court on Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. Harvard denies any discrimination, saying it considers race as one of many factors when considering applicants. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
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Some kinds of adversity are going to be more adverse than others.
That’s my takeaway from the story in The Wall Street Journal yesterday that was headlined: “SAT to Give Students ‘Adversity Score’ to Capture Social and Economic Background.”

Adversity scores! Wow, what a concept. It used to be, if you lived in a bad neighborhood, you might have your kids move in with a relative in the suburbs, or, failing that, even come up with a phony “mattress” address — whatever it took so that they could have the advantage of going to a better school, living in a safer neighborhood.The ‘Adversity Score’ is zero
 
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That kind of thing is not unique to America...

In Russia, for example, certain kinds of people get their university tuition either fully covered by or at least heavily subsidized by the government: orphans; children of large families (at least three siblings); children of combat veterans; invalids (disabled). Among others.

After Crimea came back in 2014, there were some big scandals in prestigious universities in Moscow and St. Petersburg lol Subsidized spots originally intended for some mainland Russian students were given to Crimeans instead :D Plenty growled about it, at the time...
 
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The whole idea here is a test score is just a number, some kids test well, others don't. There are all kinds of factors in that.

People are more than a number. The whole concept of the SAT is a farce. There is a growing school of thought that if a college wants to be selective in who it admits, it needs to be conducting its own assessments and interviews with each applicant using its own criteria specifically crafted for its own needs, and set aside "objective" test data.

In order to try to combat the growing movement to relegate their primary product, The College Board is trying to become more subjective. They're still going to use objective test data as the benchmark, though, so that effort will fail. Nonetheless, it comes as no surprise at all that conservatives are "outraged" over it.
 
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I’d like that my doctor not be one chosen by his diversity score.

Just pick the best people for med school
The key question is this: What hospital requires doctors to go through standardized pen-and-paper testing before they are considered for employment?

No, people are considered based on credentials, accomplishments, demonstrated expertise, personality and other case-by-case criteria.

Standardized testing was invented as a way to save time and money. All it succeeds in doing is shoehorn kids into a bureaucratic box.

Frankly, conservatives should be against the whole idea, the only reason they're not is because to them, the concept of "diversity" is icky.
 
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We already have diversity quotas in schools. There's an interview and applying process, they can find out your oppression score during that process.
 
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We already have diversity quotas in schools. There's an interview and applying process, they can find out your oppression score during that process.
This is not a diversity quota, it is not affirmative action. It is a study of a subjective datum slapped onto a flawed objective bureaucracy.

Be sure to fill in the circle correctly.
 
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The whole idea here is a test score is just a number, some kids test well, others don't. There are all kinds of factors in that.

People are more than a number. The whole concept of the SAT is a farce. There is a growing school of thought that if a college wants to be selective in who it admits, it needs to be conducting its own assessments and interviews with each applicant using its own criteria specifically crafted for its own needs, and set aside "objective" test data.

In order to try to combat the growing movement to relegate their primary product, The College Board is trying to become more subjective. They're still going to use objective test data as the benchmark, though, so that effort will fail. Nonetheless, it comes as no surprise at all that conservatives are "outraged" over it.
Sounds like another attempt to erase away racial disparity in achievement. Affirmative Action of sorts.
 
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