Originally Posted by #1Assassin
you missed the point completely (like most posters).
ofcourse whoever gets the best scores should be offered a seat, thats obvious. the problem lies within the content of the test.
there are various forms of intelligence not to mention diffrences in the ways ppl express their intelligence most effectively. these things differ from person to person and things like culture, upbringing and sex is a factor. ppl from similar backgrounds are more likely to be like one another, learn the same, express themselves the same and be strong in the same areas.
a good test should show diffrent kinds of intelligence and allow ppl to show of their knowledge however they are most comftorable. but thats not the case here, its biased towards ppl of a certain background. the tests dont cover all bases and alot of ppl dont get the chance to show what they know even if they might be smart enough to get in had the been given a fair chance.
Oh no, I got the point; I knew the excuse could have been something along these lines. I simply don't see how standardized testing subjects can be "racist," or "culturally biased."
Again, can you show me examples of this? I've taken a lot of standardized tests over the years - SAT, ACT, LSAT. . . IQ tests. .
You haven't even seen the tests, and you're claiming it's racist?
If you want to get into a school, there needs to be some kind of test that is basic, and does not address specific areas one might be more "smart" in: Mathematics, reading, and writing. Obviously the test cannot try to accommodate for how certain kids of different races might, or might not be more comfortable with. Or how different races might, or might not learn, and express themselves. Just basic knowledge that a student has been taught in school. That's the only way it's fair.
Can you give me an example? Perhaps I will be swayed if you can make a compelling argument (but then you haven't even seen this test). . .
Now, if a kid is trying to get into, say, engineering school, then yes, it should test a specific area, or "type" of intelligence. That makes sense, and is very understandable.