Sunday, March 17, 2013

Affirmative Action

The New York Times has an interesting op-ed here discussing the value of affirmative action.  It asks, essentially, whether or not the status minorities gain by attending elite schools makes up for the lower grades and more difficulty in graduating.  The op-ed also says that the purpose of affirmative action is to bring diversity to college classrooms

I don’t see a “compelling state interest” in having the classrooms of elite schools diversified.  I do see a state interest in having policy makers and those in other high-status/highly paid professions, such as doctors, lawyers, bankers, etc. be of all racial and ethnic backgrounds.  They can act as role models, and also, I hope, work to advance the interests of minorities.  

But minorities don’t need an Ivy League education to be good doctors or professors or senators.  What they do need are good elementary and secondary schools—to get them ready for college—and some financial help.  Let’s put our attention and resources there. 

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