The cruel, de facto discrimination practiced by Yale University's admissions officials against Asian and white applicants (Times Argus, Aug. 13) damages society as a whole.
"Although rejection by America's elite colleges is a personal tragedy for thousands of brilliant and hardworking students of disfavored races, it threatens to retard human progress as well. As a former teacher of highly gifted mathematics students, I know that many Asian families value the hard sciences — biology, chemistry, physics, programming — which are the engines of our evolution toward longer lives and deeper understanding of nature, from disease eradication to exploration of the cosmos. One can see these values reflected in the ethnic makeup of any advanced university class in biochemistry or other progressive science."
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