Phi Beta Cons


From our editorial:

Students who struggle in Ann Arbor through no fault of their own (they may have received substandard K–12 education, for example) may be able to thrive in East Lansing, at Michigan State University. Insisting that they belong at the University of Michigan is like telling a football team in the NCAA’s Mid-American Conference that it can play in the Big Ten and expect to compete on with the Wolverines, Buckeyes, and Nittany Lions. The result is disappointment, resentment, and suspicions of inferiority. This is unhealthy for everyone, and produces charges of institutional racism, demands for remedial instruction, and a failure to confront K–12 inadequacies.

John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

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