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Informants with no personal reason for a “sour grapes” attitude tell me that students who get into the top-ranked colleges, at least from competitive NY high schools, tend to be integrity-challenged. A recent Gallup poll supports their reports. It makes some sense: in a rationalized society what you are is how you are graded and what position you are placed in, and “multicultural” means that nothing can have any authority that isn’t part of the rationalized system. So it’s not clear where a conception of integrity—of what one is—could come from that would keep someone from cheating.

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