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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Harvard Sued for Asian Affirmative Action Discrimination


I am surprised this is taking so long to happen. There has been other complaints such as one I blogged about in 2008, but they did not seem to go anywhere. My guess by using a lawsuit, instead of a complaint there will be more impact.

So who is Project on Fair Representation that filed the suit? It was founded in 2005. They are also involved in Fisher v University of Texas, that the Supreme Court sent back to a lower court, but looks like it's coming back.

So what happened to similar type discrimination that was done to people who were Jewish to the Ivy League? When did that stop? Or has it stopped?

My 2 cents:

  1. Asians are being discriminated against through admission processes by looking at the whole life experience, and second looks at minority files, etc.
  2. The core issue should be figuring out why Asian students do better than other races in the US in college admissions, And it's not genetic, and since Asians are a minority, it's not due to historic discrimination issues since there is a long history of racial discrimination against Chinese in the US.|
  3. Make the required changes to help everyone achieve their full education potential. The high school drop out rate  among certain ethnic groups is a crime. I did my student teaching at a high school with a 60% drop out rate.
  4. Giving admissions to people without the skills to succeed to elite institutions, just results in a high failure rate. Or they change to majors that are not as hard. What has been seen in California through the end of affirmative action (theoretically) in admissions, is an increase in non Asian graduation as people go to a school appropriate to their skill level.

References:

Harvard sued over affirmative action policy in admissions - Boston Globe

Rejected Asian students sue Harvard over admissions that favor other minorities | Fox News

Do Asian-Americans Face Bias in Admissions at Elite Colleges? - NY Times 2012

Cheating: An Insider's Report on the Use of Race in Admissions at UCLA (TaxProfBlog)

The Dark Chain of Events to Your Kid's Ivy League Rejection - Bloomberg

Racism Against Chinese in the US - Timeline - Childbook.com

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