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Do Now #44: Affirmative Action

| October 12, 2012 | 8 Comments
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In an attempt to have a more diverse student body, should universities be allowed to make race-based admissions decisions that give preference to minority applicants? Tell us why or why not?


Introduction

Abigail Fisher, a white honor student, certainly didn’t think Affirmative Action was right, explaining that universities should not be allowed to make race-based admissions decisions that give preference to minority applicants. In 2008, she was rejected from the University of Texas. She sued the school, claiming that its race-conscious admissions policies unfairly and unconstitutionally favored black and Hispanic applicants over whites and Asians. Last week (Oct. 10, 2012), the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case, the latest in a half-a-century long string of challenges to affirmative action policies.

For more than half a century, Americans have battled over the constitutionality and ethics of affirmative action policies. To see a timeline of the landmark moments in the history of an issue, visit the latest KQED Lowdown post Affirmative Action On The Rocks: Another Chapter In A Long Contested History

The Court’s eventual ruling on the case will help determine the extent to which race can be used as a factor in admissions and employment decisions. If you were a judge on the Supreme Court, how would you rule and what would be your reasoning?

Resource

Watch Supreme Court Hears Affirmative Action Challenges on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.

PBS NewsHour presents Supreme Court Hears Affirmative Action Challenges by Public College Applicants – Oct. 10, 2012
The U.S. Supreme Court took up a case on whether race should be considered in college applications. Gwen Ifill talks to National Law Journal’s Marcia Coyle who explains the arguments. Ray Suarez talks to NAACP’s Debo Adegbile and the Century Foundation’s Richard Kahlenberg about potential implications for public institutions.


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We encourage students to tweet their personal opinions as well as support their ideas with links to interesting/credible articles online (adding a nice research component) or retweet other people’s ideas that they agree/disagree/find amusing. We also value student-produced media linked to their tweets like memes or more extensive blog posts to represent their ideas. Of course, do as you can…and any contribution is most welcomed.


More Resource

The Lowdown’s post Affirmative Action On The Rocks: Another Chapter In A Long Contested History – Oct. 12, 2012
For more than half a century, Americans have battled over the constitutionality and ethics of affirmative action policies. The issue was reignited on October 10, when the Supreme Court heard arguments in the latest challenge to affirmative action admission policies at a public university. So, how’d we get here?

 

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  • Talesa

    @kqededspace i strongly disagree with the thought that diversity equals sucess a person ethnicity and race should not matter while appyling for that school its not right, similar as in applying for jobs discriminting and any kind of way is not right we all as the people deserv equal oppertunity’s #kqeddonow

  • Talesa

    @kqededspace i strongly disagree with the thought that diversity equals sucess a person ethnicity and race should not matter while appyling for that school its not right, similar as in applying for jobs discriminting and any kind of way is not right we all as the people deserv equal oppertunity’s #kqeddonow

  • Rocky

    Definition of DISCRIMINATION
    1a : the act of discriminating b : the process by which two stimuli differing in some aspect are responded to differently
    2: the quality or power of finely distinguishing
    3a : the act, practice, or an instance of discriminating categorically rather than individually b : prejudiced or prejudicial outlook, action, or treatment

  • Rocky

    Definition of DISCRIMINATION
    1a : the act of discriminating b : the process by which two stimuli differing in some aspect are responded to differently
    2: the quality or power of finely distinguishing
    3a : the act, practice, or an instance of discriminating categorically rather than individually b : prejudiced or prejudicial outlook, action, or treatment

  • http://education.kqed.org/edspace/2012/09/29/do-now-41-grade-the-president/ Jennifer Ramos

    I don’t think this is fair because if i work very hard and i manage to get a good test score only to be rejected for what race i am.This is wrong on so many levels .history is repeating itself,we are going to end up like in the old days when they used to have everything segregated.I think people are just being racist because they don’t want to put in the effort to teach those of a different race,even if they are smarter than the current people they have,i don’t think this will help anything in this generations case because there never gonna give us a chance based on our race.in conclusion i don’t believe the Affirmative Action is good.

  • http://education.kqed.org/edspace/2012/09/29/do-now-41-grade-the-president/ Jennifer Ramos

    I don’t think this is fair because if i work very hard and i manage to get a good test score only to be rejected for what race i am.This is wrong on so many levels .history is repeating itself,we are going to end up like in the old days when they used to have everything segregated.I think people are just being racist because they don’t want to put in the effort to teach those of a different race,even if they are smarter than the current people they have,i don’t think this will help anything in this generations case because there never gonna give us a chance based on our race.in conclusion i don’t believe the Affirmative Action is good.

  • Star Levi

    @KQEDEDSPACE I think that making the affirmative action wouldn’t be to good.If there is that sudden race going to school then it’s kind of like that race would just be kind of stupid unless they are kids and in the past they had parents that really paid attention in school would be able to explain to them the subjects they would need to move on in life.#KQEDDONOW

  • Star Levi

    @KQEDEDSPACE I think that making the affirmative action wouldn’t be to good.If there is that sudden race going to school then it’s kind of like that race would just be kind of stupid unless they are kids and in the past they had parents that really paid attention in school would be able to explain to them the subjects they would need to move on in life.#KQEDDONOW