2019 Feb 25, 7:21am
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Can you imagine, in this day and age, an educational institution discriminating against a racial minority? Can you imagine what the outcry would be? You mean, you're preventing these qualified students from attending your college because of the color of their skin?!"Well, you don't have to imagine it. It's happening. And at arguably the most prestigious college in America--my alma mater, Harvard.The ethnic minority isn't blacks or Jews, as it was in years past. The target this time is Asian Americans.And it's just as wrong.After millions of dollars in legal fees, millions of records examined, and hundreds of hours of depositions and testimony, Harvard's once purposely opaque admissions policies have been laid bare. It's not a pretty picture.Here's what we now know:Harvard Admissions rates student applicants in three main ways: 1) Academic performance; 2) Extra-curricular achievements; 3) "Personal qualities." That's fine, as far as it goes, if the criteria were applied fairly. But they're not.Asian American applicants consistently score higher in the first two criteria--academics and extra-curricular activities, which can be objectively assessed--than white students, Latinos and African Americans.So how does Harvard justify its Asian American quota? With the help of category three--"personal qualities," which include vague and largely subjective factors like "likability," "maturity," "integrity," and "effervescence."According to Harvard's own internal reports, Asian American applicants are routinely and systematically marked much lower on this personality scale by Harvard admissions officers who almost never meet or interview applicants. But here's the kicker: the personality ratings given to Asian students by admissions officers are vastly different than the personality ratings Harvard gets from its own alumni interviewers, who actually meet the applicants in person. Alumni interviewers score Asian applicants as high as whites.In other words, Harvard artificially and fraudulently downgrades Asians on "personality" to get the results it wants. And what Harvard wants is to suppress the number of Asian Americans admitted.Based on the data that Harvard was forced to turn over, economist Peter Arcidiacono of Duke University concluded that with the same application profile in terms of test scores, extracurricular activities and personality factors, an Asian American male applicant would only have a 25% chance of admission--versus 32% if white, 77% if Hispanic, and 95% if black.What's the real-life result of all this?In 2013, Asian Americans made up 19% of the incoming freshmen class. According to Harvard's own Office of Institutional Research, if the personality factors had not been rigged, that percentage would have been 43%.Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 guarantees that "No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color or national origin, be excluded from participation in, or be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance."Each year, Harvard takes hundreds of millions of dollars from the federal government.In Grutter v. Bollinger, the Supreme Court upheld the University of Michigan Law School's affirmative action policies, deciding that race could be used as a "plus factor" to achieve diversity, but never as a quota. Yet, by placing strict limits on the percentage of Asian American applicants it will admit, racial quotas are exactly what Harvard is using.One strongly suspects this quota system isn't limited to Harvard. In the last ten years, Asian American students have been limited to an 18-22% presence across the Ivy League. Or maybe that's just a coincidence.Writing for the majority in Grutter v. Bollinger in 2003, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor wrote that the Court "expects that 25 years from now, the use of racial preferences will no longer be necessary to further the interest approved today."With less than a decade to go, the Ivy League shows no indication that it's giving up on those racial preferences. Instead, these colleges have doubled down. Objective standards regarding admissions continue to be increasingly disfavored as the illegal goal of racial balancing is advanced. This racial balancing is justified by the left's desire to achieve "racial diversity"--its insistence on seeing every person only through the prism of race, as if the most important thing any of us has to offer is the color of our skin.Not long ago, that was called "racism." It's still called racism.It needs to end, once and for all--for the sake of deserving Asian American students, for the sake of Harvard's own integrity, and for the sake of the American principle that the rules must be the same for everyone.Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts said it best: "The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race."It's time we did just that. I'm Lee Cheng, of the Asian American Legal Foundation, for Prager University.
Not long ago, that was called "racism." It's still called racism.
Education should just be online.
University system is crap, it’s too expensive, shitty results, and it totally ensnares people with debt.
FortWayneIndiana saysEducation should just be online.Ain't gonna work for anything other than computers. Try chemistry, physics, or chemical engineering online, especially labs. Companies hire students who have research and lab experience, not experience of cheating online (how do you know who took the online tests?)FortWayneIndiana saysUniversity system is crap, it’s too expensive, shitty results, and it totally ensnares people with debt.That part is true.
They can sell small lab kits, those experiments we did back in college weren’t that sophisticated. It can be done.
You go to the lab every week for a day. Everywhere there are community colleges with chem labs as well. There could also be satellite college offices where you can pay, do lab work, have speakers, etc. Great use for abandoned malls.
As it stands now, at least in fields I am familiar with, both online courses and community colleges are worthless. May be they are OK in computer sciences, but I am not familiar with that.
* Emphasize rhetorical tests, rather than multiple choice/written work. In other words, you have to get on Skype, go to a test center, or go in person to the College Office and give a spiel about Plato, or the laws of Thermodynamics, to the professor or grad student as part of the final.* Shorter written prose assignments.
I also think that at tender age of 18-20, and being spoiled as they are, students need to be forced to go to class and study. If left on their own devices, 98% will not learn at all. MOOC's failed miserably for that reason.
the sake of Harvard's own integrity
Furthermore, I have and will never hire anyone who has done any part of education online. How do I know that his friend did not pass exams for him?
Interestingly, if you want to know why businesses, especially Media and Marketing, are making such resounding missteps, consider that big Coasty Companies look down on people with Dairy Queen or Painting Houses as job experience during/before college. They want to see (unpaid) internships that only wealthy students can afford to take.Meaning they end up with rich dummies with no real world experience beyond their Lefty Coastie Enclaves.
You should never hire just because they graduated anything.I’ve seen too many graduates who can’t do shit, and they had masters even at times.It’s strange times man, but I think degrees are meaningless these days outside med.
I have also not seen them hiring anyone who has graduated from online universities.
My students with degrees are hired well by local oil and gas industries. And we are not a lefty enclave in CA, we do have capitalism here - these companies hire those students because they will profit from employing them - apparently hiring random people off the street or hiring students form community colleges does not work. I have also not seen them hiring anyone who has graduated from online universities. At least in my field, the old way of doing things works.
also seen people who graduated High School, and couldn't do arithmetic well (i'm talking basic multiplication shit like 12x5)
What state are you in? I'm generally interested. What coast/state are colleges you see folks from who know their stuff?Out here, literally, too many people graduate knowing 0, literally they know nothing with their degrees. Hard to find good people. It's pathetic out here in California. Bachelors/Masters, don't matter. It's as if colleges are handing out degrees for attendance, not knowledge. I really suspect that case.
I presume that includes some professional certifications. Certifications that require a certain level of education and experience, plus successful completion of a rigorous exam.
I've also seen people who graduated High School, and couldn't do arithmetic well (i'm talking basic multiplication shit like 12x5). Something is very wrong with education out here, very expensive, and very very bad.
I see that all the time in my classes
I think remediation is a huge thing in colleges today,
The devious racist white man designs a system that holds back black and brown people, but yet favors Asians above white peoples. Devious.
've also seen people who graduated High School, and couldn't do arithmetic well (i'm talking basic multiplication shit like 12x5)
Does this mean I can get preforential treatment now?