Affirmative action in our education system it an unjust practice that we can do without if we can learn to live in a color-blind society. Affirmative action was first established in 1961 in order to ensure that minorities could secure a job based on their race and nationality. By doing this, the government hoped to make up for past discriminations by giving minorities an equal chance in the world of employment. In later years, the Supreme Court decided to incorporate affirmative action in universities requiring them to pick a set amount of minorities to attend their school. This has caused many problems and harsh feelings of unfairness and thoughts of reverse discrimination ever sense.
The white student receives a rejection letter even though she had higher test scores and a better GPA than the black student. Was this fair to the students? Was it the best outcome for the country in the long run? Many minority students are accepted into colleges and law schools due to their race while at the same time white students are rejected because colleges have to make room for these minorities. The question many colleges are facing now is whether race should be considered in college admissions.
But when they get to schools where most of the other students are better prepared – with much higher SAT scores and more rigorous high school course work – the chance of failure is high” (Sanders 2). Race preferences ensure that students are accepted into schools where they will have trouble competing. “Another adverse effect is lower incentives for students in preferred groups to work to the best of their ability before college. Knowing they’ll get a boost on account of their race, many are content with high school work that’s merely satisfactory” (Leef 2). In other words, minorities attending elite colleges due to racial preferencing are not likely to remain in the major they originally chose because of the unexpected amount of workload that they are unprepared for.
Being a minority student applicant would earn more than twice as many points ... ... middle of paper ... ...h, the students are ill-equipped to handle the schools they have been admitted to because they have not had such high standards in high school (Messerli). In other words, those students are not prepared for their classes they will take at the universities and will waste their money. Overall, minorities should not be rewarded to high end universities just because they are a certain race. Affirmative action should be abolished because it is unfair to hardworking students that deserve to get into good universities. This policy leads to reverse discrimination, lowers standards, is unconstitutional, and is stereotypical.
Affirmative Action Affirmative action's role in colleges and universities has been a strongly debated topic. The heated subject has again come to the forefront due to the recent bans imposed on affirmative action by California and Washington. In 1978, the Supreme Court ruled (University of California Regents v. Bakke) that universities are allowed to consider race as a factor when choosing which students to accept. Affirmative action was intended to level the racial playing field and give minorities chances in the workplace and the classroom that they would not have received in the absence of affirmative action. However, while minorities have had more opportunities, Caucasians have suffered.
Society needed an active law that enforced equality during a period when civil rights bills were only effective in ink. With so much of America¹s work force spawned from integrated schools now, some may question whether racism really is the problem anymore, and many college students might answer yes. They see it on college campuses today, and they are not sure why. Subconscious prejudices, self-segregation, political correctness, reverse discrimination, and ignorance all wade in the pool of opinions surrounding affirmative action and racial animosity. With racial tensions ever present in this country, one might question whether the problems can be solved by affirmative action.
Affirmative action was set in 1961 to ensure that minorities can obtain a job based on ethnicity in hopes to make up for past discrimination and diversify the work place, giving them an equal opportunity to prosper. This eventually trickled down into the Educational system which it eventually lost its way. Many students go on dreaming and working hard in order to eventually get that highly desired admissions letter their final year of High School. But what happens when your admission letter was given to another person less qualified academically but because of their race they filled that spot needed to meet the schools quota. Affirmative action places students into schools they do not match up academically leading them to ultimately not prosper.
Affirmative Action can no longer be justified because more often than not, America is thought of as a “color blind society.” In addition, Affirmative Action violates the 14th Amendment in the Constitution, and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by basing admissions and/or employment opportunities decisions on a person’s race. By allowing Affirmative Action to continue essentially allows reverse discrimination to continue. In a poll done by USA Today, nearly 49% of people living in the United States oppose Affirmative Action. Affirmative Action is no longer needed in a modern society and should be eliminated from governmental policies. In essence, Affirmative action gives preferential treatment to minorities in admission to universities or employment opportunities.
Well, this is exactly what happens to a lot of kids that get denied by the university of their choice. They may believe they have better grades than other students admitted. In the article "Myth and Math of Affirmative Action" by Goodwin Liu, he explains how many students get accepted to into the universities because of their ethnic, racial, religious or any other minority differences in the society they live in. Even though I disagree with affirmative action I agree with Liu's opinions on the role that affirmative action takes in the acceptance process of universities. I believe that everyone should be accepted into a university based on their good grades and dedication to succeed in life.
and Berkeley -- largely because the high schools in black and Latino neighborhoods routinely fail to offer the advanced placement courses that are readily available in white neighborhoods and that are taken into account when the elite colleges make admissions decisions. The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California has challenged this arrangement in a class-action lawsuit. Having eliminated the race-sensitive policies that once compensated for these inequalities, California is now being forced to deal with the inferior public schools that made those policies necessary. The University of Texas has learned a similar lesson since a federal court ruling forced it to abandon race-based admissions policies in 1996. Black and Latino enrollment dipped precipitously in the first year, but rose again after the legislature passed a law guaranteeing college admission to all students who graduate in the ... ... middle of paper ... ...no children to fall behind.