George Leef recently served on a panel at Pomona College on whether colleges should use affirmative action to attain socioeconomic diversity. On the Pope Center site, he lays out his arguments against this policy and then writes:
A student asked if that approach wasn’t unfair. What if the students who are highly capable and interested are that way because their parents brought them up in an education-rich environment? Do they deserve their good fortune?
Philosophers will probably debate that question forever, but colleges can’t and shouldn’t try to make the world perfectly fair. They should try to do what they’re supposed to do — educate students — as best they can. By focusing on irrelevant characteristics in deciding which students to admit, they get themselves off track.