Let’s say it’s true people experience the kind of adversity that prevents them from having college-ready vocabulary and math skills. Let’s say the SATs are easier to pass for those who can pay for tutors. There’s no evidence to support this but let’s say it’s true.
The question is, so what? Why should professors and college-ready students be punished for this?
There is a ton of unfairness in life. Some people are born with diabetes or congenital heart defect. Some grow up in abusive families. Some don’t have parents who read to them and play with them. It all sucks.
But it won’t cure diabetics to put everybody else on no-carb diets and insulin. It won’t help the illiterate to ban books from colleges. There’s some sort of a misfortune involved in people having poor literacy and bad math skills as they graduate from high school. It can be genetic, it can be environmental, whatever. But filling college classrooms with people who can’t read an academic text – irrespective of how much tragedy led them to this situation – won’t help them and will do damage to others.
There are illiterate people in the world. Should we burn down the libraries to make them feel better?
I’m not getting this logic at all.