I have to wonder what, exactly, was the writer’s point in the article “White, Wealthy, Reap TOPS.” It is implied that the white and wealthy are receiving an unfair share of the TOPS awards.
I’m not certain, but I would doubt that there is a question on the application regarding the race of the applicant. Perhaps the awards are given based on merit (gasp!).
What is wrong with rewarding students who study hard, attain good grades and come from a supportive family? I think the system as currently administered encourages achievement in the K-12 years.