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  •  Affirmative action program need change. (11+ / 0-)

    I think it's time to move from race or ethnicity as a basis for affirmative action in college admissions to affirmative action based on socio-economic background.  

    Certainly, there's a reason to give a preference to a student -- of any race or ethnicity -- who has had to overcome a disadvantaged background, where parents could not play as significant a role in the student's education and the student's family did not have the resources, for example, to give the student SAT prep course.  Considering what the student has had to overcome to achieve academic success -- regardless of race -- is certainly a legitimate consideration for college admission.  And most importantly, that kind of thing is far, far, far less polarizing and divisive than affirmative action based on race.  

    College admissions to the top schools are a zero sum game.  Using race as a basis to dole out those spots -- giving advantages to some based on race, and thus necessarily giving disadvantages to some (like Asians) based on their race, necessarily is going to be unfair to the students who are disadvantaged based on their race.   As the President has noted, his children -- regardless of race -- are far more privileged than an Asian student from a working class background.  There seems to me to be no legitimate justification for using race as a basis for giving the President's daughters a preference in college admissions over an Asian student from a working class background with essentially the same academic credentials, simply because Asians may be over-represented in students with the highest academic credentials.

    It seems to me that there is no justification for essentially using the fact that a student is Asian as a basis to make it more difficult for that student to be admitted to the college of her choice.  

    •  That's the only way I see out of it. (0+ / 0-)

      Admissions determination has to include the struggle to achieve in all its aspects, not just academic.  Everyone knows the world isn't fair; that doesn't mean it shouldn't be. At some point we adults have to make it as fair as we can.

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