Student Settles for Harvard but Does Okay Anyway

I’m talking about Jeremy Lin, who says that he did not receive scholarship offers from big-name basketball schools because of his Asian ancestry. Story here.

This reverses the usual idea that unless you go to an “elite” college or university, your chances in life are greatly diminished, but it shows that college pedigrees don’t count for much — it’s individual productivity (whether making three-pointers, inventing stuff, playing music, starting a business, etc.) that does.

George Leef — George Leef is the director of research for the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy. He holds a B.A. from Carroll College (Waukesha, Wis.) and a J.D. from ...

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