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When I Hear ‘Holistic’

I’d like to recommend a typically intelligent piece by Charles Lane. It’s about the SAT, which some universities are apparently abandoning in favor of what they call a more “holistic” approach to admissions.

I have a memory from about 15 years ago. When the president of the U-Cal system proposed doing away with the SAT, the great Abigail Thernstrom said, “This is a dagger aimed at the heart of Asians.” I’ll never forget the way she said those words. And I believed them.

I could be wrong — because words and concepts can’t be spread over everything like jam — but when I hear “holistic,” I swear I hear, “Screw you, Asians.”


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