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Kindness Won't Cure College Admissions
February 11, 2016
Elaine Tuttle Hansen, executive director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, the former president of Bates College and past provost of Haverford College, writes: A recent report from the Harvard School of Education asserts that some feel-good changes in admissions criteria will readily solve a number of recalcitrant problems. It’s hard to argue against personal kindness or the common good and even harder to find a college mission statement that doesn’t already say something about making the world a better place. But a moment’s thought about implementing these particular changes invites only skepticism and confusion.