However, it has started to become a problem in the educational system rather than the workplace. In college, the affirmative action law is used most of the time for accepting students. Affirmative action is supposed to help the minority students, particularly African-Americans, in having the chance to get a better education. It helps colleges decide on who to admit in their school base... ... middle of paper ... ... had graduated with honors, after having a change of friends and the confidence he needed to excel. (Blake) So depending on the situation, this type of affirmative action can be better than the current one.
For many researchers, the notion of Asian students are hereditary more intelligent than other race groups as believes by Arthur Jensen, an educational psychologist, is not a valid explanation for why Asian students perform better than their counterparts. While it is evident that Asians do earn higher school grade point averages and participate in more advance high school classes, many argue that such merits are earned through hard work and discipline, not heredity. There are many factors which contribute to the success of these “super-achievers.” Many of them are willing to limit social and leisure activities in order to allocate more time in studying and preparing their school work. In a recent study directed by California sociologist Sanford Dornlush, it indicates Asian students spend an average of four more hours a week in homework than other groups. Furthermore, they are taught by their parents that determination and persistency are the keys to academic achievements.
Affirmative action lowers standards, causes unqualified workers to be hired, places a stigma on minorities, lowers their confidence, and gives them the opportunity and encouragement to idle. Affirmative action has not fulfilled its goal of assisting lower income minorities with a history of discrimination, but instead has been exploited by middle-class minorities, the lower income groups still remaining uneducated and unsuccessful.
Furthermore, the 1965 Immigration and Naturalization Act that gave priority to immigrants with a high level of skill or education. Hence, new immigrants from Asia thrived in their new country due to selective immigration practices. Finally, an extremely problematic stereotype of Asian Americans is that they are all one homogeneous group; in fact, they are a divergent group that do not share a common language or
With over thousands of colleges to choose from, the ones that are on the list of most Asian-Americans seem to be schools such as MIT, Princeton, Harvard, Stanford, and maybe Duke, if all else fails. Even with perfect SAT’s and stellar transcripts, so few make the ... ... middle of paper ... ...rsity, many of these students would be denied an equal opportunity for higher education. Moreover, diversity consideration in admissions enables colleges to form the most effective learning environment, allowing students to learn how to interact with all different kinds of races, thus setting up success in todays multicultural economy. College admissions have began to place more and more consideration and emphasis on race rather than merit alone. While some races benefit from this shift, Asian-American applicants struggle to make the cut.
The Educational Testing Service (ETS), which produces and administers the test, claims that the SAT in its current form "is an impartial and objective measure of student ability" (Owen 272). However, critics of the SAT argue "that tests like the SAT measure little more than the absorption of white upper-middle-class culture and penalize the economically disadvantaged" (Owen 10). The statistical reality of SAT scores is that: students who take coaching/prep courses do better than those who are not coached; men do better than women; whites do better than blacks; and the rich do better than the poor. Based upon my research, the SAT appears to be discriminatory against women, minorities, and the poor, and a test this flawed should not be used as a key factor in college admission or as a predictor of academic success. In March 2005, a "new and improved" SAT will be introduced to theoretically eliminate any questions deemed biased and discriminatory.
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.
Conclusively, It is unclear whether or not twain is deliberate in his racist views or simply afraid to paint black characters in a better light due to a possible contrary backlash from white critics, white readers, or other white contemporaries. However, readers can only construct arguments based on what they know about the text. In this case, based on Twain’s use of the word “nigger”, his negative representation of black people in many of his stories, and his irresponsibility in making an effort to understand African peoples more intimately, he is a racist and does not hold black people in this highest esteem.
I do not think it is fair to integrate our work forces at someone else’s expense. One specific group of people that do not support the policy is, surprising to most, the Asian-American society. Many Asian Americans, specifically Chinese, Koreans, and Japanese, argue that affirmative action policies ultimately harm them. While these policies exist to help the underrepresented, they claim that they are over represented. Their argument is, therefore, similar to that of the white majority.
Interestingly, Hiss found out that high school GPA is the best predictor of college GPA. According to Hiss, “kids who had low or modest test scores, but good high school grades, did better in college than those with good scores but modest grades.” (Hiss) Hiss elaborated on this saying “a pattern of hard work, discipline and curiosity in high school shows up ‘as highly predictive, in contrast to what they do in three or four hours on a particular Saturday morning in a testing room.’”(Hiss) Looking at high school grades shows much more information that just how well the student did in a particular class. It shows whether the students were challenging themselves with advance placement class and