By Peter G. Schmidt
What's the genuine tale in the back of the struggle over affirmative motion at schools? Veteran journalist Peter Schmidt exposes truths that will outrage readers and perpetually rework the controversy. He finds how:
* faculties use affirmative motion to masks how a lot they cater to the kingdom membership crowd and to solicit aid from the large companies they steer minority scholars towards;
* conservatives have used competition to affirmative motion to develop a broader time table that incorporates gutting executive courses that support point the taking part in box;
* selective faculties gift households for protecting their young children from touch with different races and sessions and support perpetuate societal discrimination by means of favoring candidates from dear deepest faculties or public colleges in unique groups;
* racial tensions like these witnessed at Duke college, the college of Michigan, and ratings of alternative campuses in contemporary many years are an immediate results of collage admissions regulations;
* affirmative-action personal tastes for girls and minorities could have survived fresh court docket demanding situations, yet in a lot of the kingdom they're not likely to live on the forces of democracy; and
* despite what occurs with affirmative motion, African american citizens are going to be denied equivalent entry to schools for lots of a long time to come back except American society undergoes innovative switch.
This is a startling, courageous, and punctiliously researched ebook that might ignite a countrywide debate on category and schooling for years yet to come.
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Extra resources for Color and Money: How Rich White Kids Are Winning the War over College Affirmative Action
In rejecting an individual legacy applicant, a college may alienate or embarrass an alumnus, but in broadly curtailing legacy preferences, it runs the risk of provoking an organized alumni revolt. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, efforts to reduce legacy admissions caused an uproar at Princeton, where administrators ultimately retained the old legacy policy, and at Yale, where administrators decided to restore legacies in response to an alumni rebellion led partly by prominent conservative pundit William F.
Working with other higher education groups, it set up a nonproﬁt organization, the Educational Testing Service, to handle SAT testing. Within a year, ETS was administering the LSAT and MCAT as well. 31 The Second World War set in motion other developments that would profoundly change college admissions. The horrors of Nazi concentration camps inspired a backlash against anti-Semitism in America that led colleges to stop discriminating against Jews. As returning black veterans began demanding fair treatment, the civil rights movement stirred.
29 But Conant established a new scholarship program to pull in bright students from all over the country and persuaded several other Ivy League colleges to join Harvard in administering it. The SAT was the instrument they chose to identify the worthy. When America was drawn into World War II, it seemed impractical for colleges, given the national emergency, to continue to select applicants based on batteries of essay tests administered over several days. 30 By 1947, demand for the SAT was so strong that the College Board could not keep up with it.