Not everyone graduating from college this year had their student loans paid off by the billionaire commencement speaker, and we can’t help thinking those students who actually have to pay back what they borrowed are feeling a little jealous.

And now high school students who excel in academics can also feel a little ripped off, knowing that the College Board has added an “adversity score” to the SAT. This adversity score will take into account everything from the family’s income to the number of students in their school who get free or reduced-priced lunches.

Karol Markowicz writes in The New York Post:

…the new score will no doubt encourage people to game the system. Currently, the most parents can do, lawfully, is enroll their children in SAT prep classes. Sure, the rich have the advantage there. But it’s easy to envision those same wealthy parents renting a shack in the bad part of town to create some neighborhood adversity out of thin air.

Then too, the new supplemental score ends up acting like one more preparation stage for the Grievance Olympics young people will face in college. Humanities and social studies departments teach them that grievance and victimization are the highest virtues, and now they’ll get an object lesson even before they enroll.

Now instead of saying, “I wish I’d studied harder,” students can say, “I wish I lived in a high-crime area with a single mom.”

Imagine the adversity points Elizabeth Warren would have earned for being Native American; lucky for her, she didn’t have to imagine.


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