Luck or merit? The admissions argument that won’t go away

June 5, 2019 | The Hechinger Report

It happens all the time: You work hard all of your young life to achieve admission to an elite educational institution with very high standards, and when you finally get there, you are welcomed with some version of, “How lucky you are to be here! Think of all the people like you who didn’t have this chance.”

The trouble is, some groups feel luckier than others, while some firmly believe that they’ve earned the privilege. So how do we make admissions equally lucky for everybody?

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