In his column “Leveling the field,” Mr. Topchik’s advocacy for the “adversity score” doesn’t go far enough. Perhaps a more equitable way to ensure diversity on college campuses would be to either make all K-12 grades pass/fail or everyone earning a B- grade. After all, sharing is caring. That way each high school student would have an equal opportunity to attend one of the nation’s most prestigious schools of higher learning. Far-fetched? We’re already in an era where everyone gets a trophy, and many school districts have outlawed valedictorian honors as to not offend those who come up short.

By going above and beyond the “adversity score,” we will achieve true diversity on our campuses ... from those attending the failing public schools in our urban areas to the Bible and gun-clinging deplorables in flyover country.

Ed Zanowicz


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I don't think the adversity score will increase diversity or lower admission standards - as colleges already give credit for adversity. The score would just be a way to make admission more objective.

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