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Affirmative Action - Meritocracy or Bias?
White California adults generally favor admissions policies that place a high priority on high school grade-point averages and standardized test scores. But when these white people are focused on the success of Asian-American students, their views change.
The white adults in the survey were also divided into two groups. Half were simply asked to assign the importance they thought various criteria should have in the admissions system of the University of California. The other half received a different prompt, one that noted that Asian Americans make up more than twice as many undergraduates proportionally in the UC system as they do in the population of the state.
When informed of that fact, the white adults favor a reduced role for grade and test scores in admissions -- apparently based on high achievement levels by Asian-American applicants. (Nationally, Asian average total scores on the three parts of the SAT best white average scores by 1,641 to 1,578 this year.)
When asked about leadership as an admissions criterion, white ranking of the measure went up in importance when respondents were informed of the Asian success in University of California admissions.
Affirmative  Action 
august 2016 by dbourn
Richard Thompson Ford - Did the Supreme Court just admit affirmative action is about racial justice?
The majority opinion in Fisher v. Texas, which upheld the affirmative action policy of the University of Texas, marks a turning point in the long controversy surrounding race-conscious admissions policies and perhaps an important shift in the orientation of the Supreme Court as well. Justice Kennedy, long the pivotal swing vote on the Court and a skeptic of affirmative action, voted to uphold UT’s policy.

It may seem at first that this marks an ideological shift to the left. But Fisher is more likely a long overdue recognition by the Court of the limits its own competence. In a move that infuriated the minority, the Court elected to leave calculations about the educational benefits of diversity to educators.

A happy side effect, whether intentional or not, is that the Court may have taken a step toward improving the candor and quality of debates about racial injustice—discussions it previously played a part in undermining.
Richard  Thompson  Ford  Stanford  Affirmative  Action  TX  Education 
july 2016 by dbourn
Debate motion: "The Supreme Court Considers Racial Preferences in State University Admissions"
An Intelligence Squared US debate on the motion, "The Equal Protection Clause Forbids Racial Preferences in State University Admissions." This is especially interesting listening in light of the Supreme Court's Fisher v. University of Texas ruling in June.
political  correctness  affirmative  action  freedom  speech  equality 
july 2016 by
Does affirmative action eliminate inequalities... or create new ones?
"Opponents of affirmative action often argue that metrics, such as test scores and class rank, that appear to be neutral, should be the method by which to admit students...These arguments fail to consider the real impact that racial and socioeconomic discrimination has on educational opportunity."
political  correctness  affirmative  action 
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