A debate on affirmative action in higher education and why it should be put to an end

Racial parity and equity were in fact historical goals of affirmative action. I think legacy preferences are terrible. However, some French schools do implement affirmative action in that they are obligated to take a certain number of students from impoverished families.

A debate on affirmative action in higher education and why it should be put to an end

It is not, as it theoretically goes, only about choosing the minority when up against an equally-qualified white person. If people are criticizing me because I am advocating for policies that eliminate the use of racial classifications and racial preferences in higher education, then that's not a criticism. France[ edit ] No distinctions based on race, religion or sex are allowed under the French Constitution. We have individual right, we have individual responsibilities and we produce individual outcomes. Harvard accepted We think eliminating racial considerations in our public lives is a fair outcome for all Americans regardless of their race. The law banned consideration of race, sex, or ethnicity from being considered in public employment, contracting, or education. This may equate to lowering minimum requirements for the National University Entrance Examination, which is a mandatory exam for all students to enter university. I'm repeating myself now Al, but I'll tell you once again- Al Letson: Sure, no, to just tell you, the place where I got these stats are from court records, so we're in the same place, but go ahead. So long as we allow people to declare themselves victim and benefit from it, we will face an increasingly fragmented society as people try to place themselves in a politically benefited group to gain advantages. If only considering directors with at least three directorships, He runs away and joins Huck to escape to the North with the primary goal of making enough money to buy back his family Django Unchained is a more contemporary story with the same theme. Their grades and scores may not be what mine are, but I guarantee they are smarter, and work harder than I do, and I work hard. They portray it as merely a tiebreaker between applicants of equal merit. Instead, I feel as if all of my achievements are demeaned because of my identification with a non-white ethnicity and judged by others who may believe that I was only accepted to certain universities because of my ethnicity and not my academic standings.

My critique of how Asian-Americans discuss affirmative action is not based on some aloof analysis of what they say from afar. Harvard and other elite universities typically justify legacy preference, when they talk about it at all, as a legitimate reward for alumni loyalty and volunteer work.

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Al Letson: Sure, absolutely. The 'policy of standardisation' was typical of affirmative action policies, in that it required drastically lower standards for Sinhalese students than for the more academic Tamils who had to get about ten more marks to enter into universities.

If we reward people based on ability, it both motivates ability and reduces the value of being a victim. Am I correct in that? A perfect system would only admit students of color of low socioeconomic status.

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Critics and defenders of affirmative action submit their closing briefs