Monday, July 19, 2010

Bias and bigotry in academia

Another excellent column by Pat Buchanan. Excerpt:

As Nieli puts it, "Being Hispanic conferred an admissions boost over being white ... equivalent to 130 SAT points (out of 1,600), while being black rather than white conferred a 310-point SAT advantage. Asians, however, suffered an admissions penalty compared to whites equivalent to 140 SAT points."

"To have the same chance of gaining admission as a black student with a SAT score of 1100, a Hispanic student otherwise equally matched in background characteristics would have to have 1230, a white student a 1410, and an Asian student a 1550."

Was this what the civil-rights revolution was all about – requiring kids whose parents came from Korea, Japan or Vietnam to get a perfect SAT score of 1600 to be given equal consideration with a Jamaican or Kenyan kid who got an 1150? Is this what it means to be an Ivy League progressive?

1 comment:

Weldon Berger said...

RJ, I just happened upon a little back and forth between you and me on Blogcritics in April of 2005. You should take a look at it and see which one of us had the better predictive chops.

Sorry to comment off-topic, but I figured you wouldn't mind a little trip in the wayback machine. Cheers, Weldon