Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Any Hope for This Supreme Court?

Well, the Supreme Court upheld a ban on college affirmative action programs  in Michigan.

I just shake my head.  Such programs can really make a difference in the lives of students and enable them to pursue their degrees at a more varied list of institutions.  Please note the track record of what happens when such bans are created.  Justice Sotomayor in her dissent, cited the drop in the percentage of African-American and Latino-American students at UCLA and UC Berkeley after a California ban on such programs. The NY Times has stunning graphics which detail what has happened to African-American and Hispanic-American enrollment in colleges in states having bans on affirmative action. 
"Supporters" of such bans may argue they're against 'discrimination' - but the results of the bans show that the effect is certainly discriminatory - against minorities. And in today's world, where we bemoan the fact that not enough of our young people graduate from college, I feel such bans are counter-productive to the educational interests of our nation.
If you read Malcolm Gladwell's book, Outliers, he has a great section about the worth of affirmative action.  Maybe I should send a copy to the Attorney General of Michigan. Oh, and the members of the Supreme Court as well. 

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