No, this wasn't posted on The Onion. It was in The Wall Street Journal.
This stuff is both asinine, and scary at the same time. It seems each day that we are inching closer to being finished as a functional, sane society.
Personally, I'm not willing to give up on the concept of a Republic / meritocracy. But it seems like more and more people are. They are pursuing this effing Unicorn of every-single-person-in-the-world being equal. Hate to break it to you princess, but no one is equal. We all have different strengths, different backgrounds and different goals.
But that soon collapses into that nebulous "opportunity" singularity. Once you enter that event horizon, there is no escape. SURE, everyone should have the same 'opportunities'. But we don't. That's just a fact. Too damn bad. Life sucks, buy a helmet.
Yet for those drawn into this ultra-dense trap of moral righteousness, time stands still. It's always 1965, with southern white men sic-ing attack dogs on poor black men. Fire hoses, segregation. This, despite the fact that women and "people of color" are better paid and educated than any time in human history. Christ, more women graduate with a degree than men. But "progressives" still look to 50 year old solutions to 21st Century problems.
There is still a gap between the percentage of "people of color" graduating and white folk. The sane thing to rectify this would be to build on current successes (better charter schools, mentorships etc). But NO. Anywhere there is a statistical discrepancy, the Social Justice Warriors must strike quickly and forcefully. Regardless of any collateral damage. Especially if the damaged kids are blameless white kids. They have that sin of "privilege", which is code for 'it's okay for reverse discrimination". Because we all know that two wrongs make a right.
Only two types of people believe in this tripe: Those that are truly and totally ignorant, and those that are vindictive and profit off of race-baiting.
In reality, all an "adversity score" will do is funnel more kids into a dysfunctional system that they are not prepared to succeed in. When (not if) many fail to graduate, another set of standards will be lowered to allow for a more "just" graduation rate. Then later, maybe their employment rate won't be identical, so private business will be forced to hire people with lower qualifications. Y'know, for "fairness".
I can't wait to live in a world where I drive to a doctor's office in a car designed by an engineer that can't do math, and I'm treated by a practitioner that had help with his tests.
I was the first in my family to attain a degree. But, I chose to work in primarily blue-collar jobs. I did quite well, even if I still have to get my hands dirty quite often. My kids are on the working-class track as well. They don't have to have a degree to "succeed". No child does.
But that's the lie we're sold. And those providing Education Salvation will sell your kids into debt servitude, and provide a degree fit only for sanitary use in an outhouse.
Yeah, the system is broken. And "fixes" like an Adversity Score only make it worse.