Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education

Affirmative Action
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Author:  Julie Troutman [ Wed Nov 29, 2006 5:21 pm ]
Post subject:  Affirmative Action

I read a book for one of my classes last semester called And Still We Rise. It reminded me a little bit of A Hope in the Unseen because it was about a group of high school students in the gifted program of an inner city school in LA. The book followed the end of their junior year and all of their senior year in high school and told what each did afterwards. There was a huge concern about affirmative action among these kids. They almost all seemed to depend on it to get them into the top schools of their choice. At the time they were applying to colleges, the California government was voting on a proposition that would end affirmative action in their state, and that was a huge issue to all of them! I don't really remember Cedric being concerned with that as he went through his application process. Maybe i'm just being foregetful, but i wonder why it wasn't such an issue to him? could it have had to do with the geography, the fact that he is from DC and not LA?

Author:  jennifer clark [ Mon Dec 04, 2006 4:26 pm ]
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Thanks for the info, Julie! I definitely think I will check out And Still We Rise.

So, here's my deal. I think that sometimes people use the race card as clutch. I DONT ever wanted to be accepted or admitted to a program/college strictly because of my race. I want to instead be accepted because of my hard work in the classroom, my academic capabilities, and my talents and abilities. Yes, I do understand that some colleges and universities may accept miniority students to enhance diversity on their campuses, however, look beyond that. Alot of the time students have much more to offer in addition to their ability to bring diversity to the scene.

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