A discussion of whether affirmative action is still needed in this day and age

A discussion of whether affirmative action is still needed in this day and age

Well, the reason why the effects are so small in the university world, quite frankly, is that most American colleges and universities aren't that selective in terms of grades and SAT scores. This is not rocket science. Show me a social policy in which that's not the case. There's a lot of discussion these days about alternative policies, perhaps to replace affirmative action. In fact, nobody has figured out, in a satisfactory way, what to do with a ninth grader who does not have second grade reading skills. And quite frankly, my reading of the literature on that is uneven. To understand this flawed reasoning, one must go back to the beginning of the affirmative action debate during Reconstruction. After implementing affirmative action, your staff will consist of more women and minorities, giving you the opportunity to tap into a wider market of prospective patrons. It is today. Well, you know, I don't know how I got in the door of this building, you know.

Given the nature of admissions policies, and admissions policies that don't put that much weight on test scores, at least some of those gaps would exist even in the absence of affirmative action, because the admissions policies would just reproduce, inside schools, the test score gaps that already exist on the outside.

How about that?

Is affirmative action still necessary

Advantage: Attracts New Customer Base When you implement affirmative-action policies at your business, you increase the number of women and minorities and underrepresented classes, which gives you the opportunity to attract new customers. And in America today, it remains the case that color, not only color, but certainly, color gets in the way of connection. Moreover, I would emphasize that virtually every Asian-American civil rights group and community group supports affirmative action, including in California. But that's a very, very long argument, and I don't think we want to get into it here. The owners were free to decide themselves. I've been asked to be the moderator, someone mistaking me for someone of moderate temperament. I mean, the numbers in the advanced categories, for all groups, are very small. Point number one. Success factors include a greater competitive balance based on a more varied set of talents and skills from employees with different backgrounds. But it has strayed from its original intent and has become largely a program to achieve not equal opportunity but equal results. But secondly, you know, you have a set of interventions that look promising, you know, and school choice, and vouchers, and charter schools, and the whole range of things, and school integration, which has very clear effects on test scores. But from , when a Pell covered 84 percent of a public four-year college cost, it's down to 44 percent. Abby, other thoughts on that?

There actually happens to be some social science. I want to say, however, though, doesn't that let off the hook everyone at every institution of higher learning, except maybe the ed schools? There are a zillion people across the country trying to answer that question, how to structure a math program for high schoolers who don't know any arithmetic.

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We need to start much, much earlier. And Justice O'Connor was very sort of focused on this in the oral argument in the Michigan case. Very simply, the research still shows that there is discrimination in labor markets against African Americans, discrimination in housing markets.

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Affirmative Action in the Workplace