Why do we so vigorously debate affirmative action? Truth be told, policies purported to address inequality in our society are neither affirmative nor very “active.”
The value of the idea that underrepresented groups within mainstream institutions is a problem greatly relies on who is defining and how these groups are defined. The following article in the NYTs raises some interesting issues in this area which show that many in our society are beginning to question how and why we quantify and measure representation within our learning communities.
“Opponents of race-based affirmative action in college admissions urge that colleges use a different tool to encourage diversity: giving a leg up to poor students. But many educators see real limits to how eager colleges are to enroll more poor students, no matter how qualified — and the reason is …”