Comment from a high schooler on one of my top 10% posts.
# the top 10% rule is may very well promote diversity at the tier schools but at what cost? A kid taking advanced classes in a harder school with better test scores may be rejected strictly because he/she is not in the top 10% where as some with a much lower gpa and worse test scores may be admitted because they did not attend a very competitive school. As i go to the most competitive public school in the state and find myself only in the to 14%, i am outraged to hear that i will most likely not make it, and someone who has not worked as hard as me will automatically make it because they went to a less competitive school, regardless of how much higher my marks and test scores are. The top 10% rule is reverse discrimination at its finest.
I can’t say that I’m impressed with the quality of education this students has received based on the comments. Let’s see, she (or he) is “outraged” because others who have not worked as had as she will automatically be admitted since they attended a less competitive school.
Let’s start with “worked as hard.” Apparently the student hasn’t realized that there are people, probably within her own school, that work just as hard and have an even lower class ranking. For all she knows, the people at the less competitive schools could be working twice as hard as she does to make the top 10 percent at their schools. So students should be admitted to UT based on how many hours of homework they do?
And on what basis do you judge a school competitive? Let me guess, the commenter skipped over the data showing that the SAT was not a predictor of college success. Probably because she and her classmates have already shelled out $1000 SAT tutoring.
Maybe the number of AP classes taken and passed? We’ll how do you account for the number of students who have cheated their way to their grades?
Everybody Does It Academic cheating is at an all-time high. Can anything be done to stop it?
Ultimately, the commenter missed the point. Why is there only one state school that everyone wants to get into? Why haven’t we created a system of top tier schools to meet the obvious demand in Texas? I guess the commenter missed this because it involves thinking beyond your own immediate needs and goals.
So just for your information, even the Ivy League schools admit people with lower SATs and gpas in the name of geographic and ethnic diversity. For some silly reason, they think it contributes to the over education experience.