More lowering of standards in admissions

Here we go again: Merit exams are being eliminated for admission to elite high schools because they are considered racist (“San Francisco’s Race Games,” The Wall Street Journal, Feb. 6). In this case, it’s Lowell High School, one of the best high schools in California.

The problem is that too few Black and Hispanic students make the cut. But rather than ask why, reformers want to penalize Asian students who consistently ace the test. As I see it, you don’t help students by admitting them to schools when they are not prepared to handle the work.

What San Francisco and other cities need to do is to start fixing the schools where students are not achieving. But I doubt that will happen because it’s much easier to claim racism is involved.

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