Harvard University announced Thursday it is suspending the SAT or ACT admissions requirement for at least the next four years — joining a movement to cancel standardized testing in the name of diversity.
“Woke” values are rapidly usurping identity-neutral educational standards.
From California to Boston, liberal establishments such as the “UC” system and the Ivy League are making the case that a standardized test requirement is immoral.
“More than 90 percent of schools on U.S. News & World Report lists of top 100 liberal arts colleges and top 100 universities nationwide are not requiring scores for admission this year.” pic.twitter.com/kny6LLfIxl
— Richard Hanania (@RichardHanania) December 17, 2021
“This proves that test-optional is the new normal in college admissions,” Bob Schaeffer, president of the anti-testing FairTest, told the New York Times on Harvard’s decision.
- “The percentage of schools that do not require test scores has risen from about 45 percent before the pandemic to nearly 80 percent now, according to FairTest, or 1,815 of the 2,330 schools counted by the organization.”
Progressive activists have also taken aim at magnet high schools: take the example of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia, which controversially scrapped its admissions test last year.
- The changes appear to be unpopular, as Va. Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin just won election in the Commonwealth seeking to undo such maneuvers.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
Woke activists claim eliminating admissions test will bolster diversity… and that the SAT represents “systemic racism”… even relatively establishment Democrats have gotten in on the action:
We came up with the SAT during World War II to determine who to keep from the frontlines. Now every year is wartime. We should deemphasize standardized tests and evaluate kids more holistically.
— Andrew Yang🧢⬆️🇺🇸 (@AndrewYang) October 9, 2019
But “actually, the SAT began in 1926,” pointed out City Journal.
- “There’s little evidence, though, that admissions tests are biased against minorities; in fact, such tests remain our fairest means of identifying academic talent.”
Indeed, the original SAT helped outsiders break into schools once dominated by the “WASP” establishment.
- Doing away with the admissions test may be about forming a new establishment, a “woke clerisy,” that aspires to take over the country slowly but overtly, from top down.
An irony is that it isn’t “whites” but Asian Americans who stand to lose out by the sweeping changes in education… at some level this has been going on for years:
A lawsuit accusing Harvard University of discriminating against Asian-American applicants will go to trial on Monday. It is widely seen as a referendum on affirmative action. https://t.co/8WbuAkxeyc
— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 14, 2018
These cases are spring up around the country and may soon be decided by the Supreme Court.