Different choices

In the United States, all students admitted to universities need interviews. At the interview meeting, the admission committee of the school will make a decision on admission according to your grades, normal performance, growth history, family background, etc. If you were a member of the admission committee, what would you do in order to face the following three students?

A. the first student is a lovely girl with all a’s, a little pianist, good at singing and dancing, well-off family, and received a good education from an early age.

B the second student is a Kenyan girl with mediocre grades. her father is a railway worker and her mother is a supermarket cashier. her family is poor. What’s more, her hearing was still impaired when she was young, but she always insisted on taking care of her younger brother and sister.

C. the third student is a Hispanic male student. his grades are slightly worse. his father is a prisoner serving a prison sentence. since he was young, he has lost his father’s love. he lives in a community with a high crime rate with his mother. his family is very poor and he often has to apply for government relief funds.

If you were a member of the admission committee, facing the above three students, what order would you choose?

If you are a teacher of the admissions office of a Chinese university, your answer will definitely be a – b – c, because according to the admission examination system of a Chinese university, you must choose according to the ” rule” that achievement is paramount. All famous universities in China hope to recruit students with the best results and the most comprehensive quality.

If you are a compassionate person, you may choose b – c – a because disabled people and children from poor families deserve sympathy.

In the United States, the admission committees of two universities have also faced such examination questions, but their examination questions are not so complete. They face only two answers, and they have to choose one.

The first university has only two answers, A and B, to choose between a girl with excellent results and all-round qualities and a student with hearing impairment and mediocre results. Their answer was surprising. They chose the latter without hesitation and gave up the former.

Why? Their answer is: although the child’s achievements are mediocre, we can see in her that she bravely overcame great hardships. We have no reason not to let a hard-working child get the chance to receive higher education.

The second university has only two answers, A and C, to choose between a girl with excellent grades and all-round qualities and a child born in a criminal family with insufficient grades. The answers of the teachers in this university were unexpectedly unexpected. They did not hesitate to choose the latter and gave up the former.

Why is this? Their answer is: the situation the child is facing is very dangerous. He, who is under moral pressure because of his father, may fall into a crime trap at any time. As a university aiming at teaching people to go up, there is no reason to prevent a student in such a situation from getting an educational opportunity, because this educational opportunity can strengthen his confidence in life.

The first university is Stanford University, known as the ” Little Ivy League”. The teaching quality of this university ranks first in the comprehensive ranking of American universities. Its most famous feature is precisely the strict quality standard evaluation system for all teachers and students.

The second university is the famous Elmhurst College, which was once the most famous aristocratic school in the United States and one of the richest schools in the whole United States. Their teaching quality is very high, and many presidents, Nobel laureates and high achievers have stepped out of this school. Their admission conditions were rated as ” extremely harsh”.

These two schools are both first-class universities in the United States. They have first-class admission systems and standards, which are almost harsh but full of human glory. Their answers to the above questions tell us: what is the real purpose and essence of education – that is, the right to education for those most in need and most likely to lead them to success on the right path of life.