Rather than waste all this time and money on testing, an alternative is to just throw out the standardized tests and assign students to classes, schools, and colleges, based on their parents' income tax forms. While this may not be fair to students from poorer families, tax revenues would probably rise.
Can colleges and universities impact the cities and towns in which they are located in ways that reduce violence? Perhaps we should be held accountable for evaluating not only individual student learning outcomes or economic impact to our communities but whether and to what extent we contribute to a more humane world.
At about this time every year, high school juniors across the nation began to feel trembles of trepidation as they commence the college search process. That most important of senior-year rituals, the capstone of students' pre-college career, is finally in sight. And it is nearly impossible not to fret.