The Statistical-Gap Mania

by George Leef

You can depend on “progressives” to wring their hands over almost any gap between groups of people in their rates of success or failure. Today’s Inside Higher Ed has a piece on a new American Council on Education study that finds such gaps with regard to college completion. The gaps are “a huge concern,” according to ACE’s Mikyung Ryu, who calls for “serious efforts to eradicate barriers for nontraditional and disadvantaged students.”

I doubt that the “barriers” ACE has in mind include pitiful K–12 education, but that’s the chief reason why students don’t make it through college. They lack the academic preparation and even the minimal self-discipline needed for most colleges.