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Transcript of TOK
Fisher v. University of Texas case In 2008, white undergraduate Abigail Fisher felt that she was unjustly rejected from the University of Texas at Austin due to its affirmative action policy and sued the school. She asked that the court to either declare the University inconsistent with, or overrule the Grutter v. Bollinger case from 2003, which declared that race could play a limited role in admissions policies.
Overruling Grutter v. Bollinger would mean the end of affirmative action practices in US public universities. Summary of the case How do we come to a consensus on the definition of fairness? The issue Utilitarianism
Virtue Ethics Theories The girl who didn't make the cheer team because of her disability
Practical applications Conclusion "Diversity benefits all students... but that is only the beginning of its benefit to society. Preparing young people to lead in an increasingly global civilization also pays dividends for employers, organizations, governments, communities and everyone who is served by our graduates as they leave the academy to make a difference in the world."
-University of Texas President Bill Powers "Thus, the existence of Affirmative Action could set up minority students to always have to work and study under a cloud of illegitimacy. A common basis given for the continued need of Affirmative Action is that it remedies past and ongoing societal discrimination and bias. That argument could get cloudy when one thinks of all the recent immigrants, especially those in California and Texas, whose ancestors suffered no civil rights bias and discrimination, yet benefit because of their race."
-The Washington Times "UT also admits low-income students in considerable numbers. Indeed, socioeconomic criteria are an explicit part of its multi-factor admissions policy."
-Supreme Court blog “You do not take a person who, for years, has been hobbled by chains and liberate him, bring him up to the starting line of a race,” President Lyndon B. Johnson said in a 1965 speech that laid the groundwork for affirmative action, “and then say, ‘You are free to compete with all the others,’ and still justly believe that you have been completely fair.”
-The New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/14/sunday-review/rethinking-affirmative-action.html
http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/politics-raising-children/2012/oct/14/fisher-v-university-texas-diversity-classroom-stil/ Works Cited Both relative and subjective
Matter of truth, not taste
In other cultures
Other areas of consideration For Affirmative Action Against Affirmative Action In our school Affirmative action should be allowed in the admissions process. It's a matter of fairness not at the surface level, but having to do with history. The meritocratic system can be excused for this instance as a reparation for the inherently unequal playing field.