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Affirmative Action

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Melissa Lee

on 16 August 2012

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Transcript of Affirmative Action

Affirmative Action Noun
1. An action or policy favoring those who tend to suffer from discrimination, especially in relation to employment or education; genuine discrimination Anti- Affirmative Action Affirmative action is unfair and unjust becauseit just takes away opportunities for people to do what they dream of. An inbalanced equation of race is no excuse to reject intelligent people with a vast knowledge of what they hope to succeed in. Minority and majority should not take a toll in whether one should be able to attend college or not. Everyone should be given equal opportunity and should have to work for what they want instead of letting things being handed to them. The Origins Affirmative action first began during World War II due to discrimination in the federal government. It was most primarily used to prevent the discrimination of blacks during the time. One would think that this "tactic" would fade and everyone would be treated with equality now; however, some corporations, buisnesses, and even schools participate in the recruitment of proportional races. Prominent Issues IN COLLEGE Battle of the Sexes Alumni Groups Race and Ethnicity The Controversy of Gender Until 1974, the controversy of accepting an almost equivalent ratio of boys and girls into colleges were never problems. Men were more educated as well as the "income makers"; therefore, women were not expected to obtain a high degree of education. As the roles of women in political power became more known, the growth of knowledge increased as well.
Now, the ratio of undergrad-school graduates from female to male is approximately equal. Example:
Suzie maintained a 4.0 GPA for all of highschool and scored a 2380 on her SAT in correspondence to her perfect score on the ACT's.
Bobby came very close to his goal but slipped a little and graduated with a 3.6 GPA. His SAT's scores were 2300 and he scored a 32 on his ACT.

Both Suzie and Bobby applied to Yale University the same year. Yale's ratio of males to females happened to be 2:3 that fall. Although Suzie's grade were exemplary and better suit for the rigorous courses of Yale, due to the unbalanced ratio of males to females, Suzie was rejected and Bobby was jumping off the walls. Males Females Jennifer Delahunty, dean of college admissions at Kenyon College is opposed to affirmative action. Any female would argue that if they had more brains than a certain male and were willing to make a university's status more appealing, they should be accepted rather than declined due to unpropotional ratios.
Many colleges have waiting lists for females who were laid off to the side because a less accomplished male beat them to it. As their waiting lists fail to enumerate any names, complaints are sent in everyday.
Females should fight for their equality. Over the years, males seemed to have slacked off since their ancestors. Many scholars believe colleges are granting males an advantage when being accepted into universities. They perform weaker as well as less efficiently. Profesors believe it's time to shape up and make fit the male ego. Connections with the Past Of course money is not everything one needs to be accepted into college. You need brains, creativity, well roundedness. Money is just the extra little "thing" on the side lines rooting you on, the little "umph" of back up. However, colleges show a certain favoritism or care to take an extra look when an applying student comes from an alumni household.
If a student is most likely from a wealthy household, their parents would have graduated from nice colleges as well making them alumni. This status is an advantage to a applicant.
Most intelligent but low to middle class persons would argue that the affimative action of schools is unfair and giving them the advantage. They are less likely to be chosen as a candidate to attend the school of their preference. Example:

Dan resides in the suburbs of Alabaster, Alabama is unimaginably intelligent hoping to become a successful writer for the New York Times. He is valedictorian of his class and hopes to earn a scholarship to NYU. He plays the cello and already published a book.
In a different world, Nate lives in the urban city of Chicago, Illinois with his Ivy League graduate parents. He participates in many clubs and is a star athlete. Very well rounded. Nate also hopes to attend NYU but has no doubt in his mind that he will be accepted due to his background.

Both boys apply and Nate is accepted; whereas, Dan decides to continue his studies at the University of Alabama due to his rejection.

THIS is the affirmative action of colleges to the difference of background. Alumni Support Independent Head start on outlook of future
Dependence; a source that he/she can rely on as back up
Connections to the school
Don't have to have a perfect application and may be under-standard by a few degrees but are still considered
Just being an alumni child increases their chances of acceptance by double Study vigorously for long periods
Disadvantage due to their school of preference already setting aside the applications of alumni children to take into "maximum consideration"
More likely to go for the best and be the best
Well rounded
No connections to school except for application Acception
Rejection Harvard Alumni A little bit of this, a little bit of
A smidge of this. that. Colleges try to set boundaries when it comes to accepting different races and keeping an international and diverse group of students. However, when too many people of one ethnicity apply to the school with exemplary grades, some will be rejected. Why? Because colleges try to maintain proportional groups of people. Some would consider unfair because they would have tried their best to qualify for the school but are denied because of a single ethnicity outwieghing the others.
Students of minority would consider the act of affirmative action helpful because this allows them to have an advantage over the other students. Yes, the other students may be smarter and more capable of different activities, but then again, the ratios would be unbalanced. "Affirmative Action - News." Times Topics - The New York Times.
The New York Times, 12 Feb. 2012.Web. 12 Feb. 2012. <http://topics.nytimes.com/topics/reference/timestopics/subjects/a/affirmative_action/index.html>. Gibbs, Nancy. "Affirmative Action for Boys - TIME." Breaking
News, Analysis, Politics, Blogs, News Photos, Video, Tech Reviews - TIME.com. Time Magazine, 3 Apr. 2008. Web. 9 Feb. 2012. <http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1727693,00.html>. Jaschik, Scott. "Legacy of Bias | Inside Higher Ed." Inside Higher Ed
| Higher Education News, Career Advice, Events and Jobs. Inside Higher Ed, 22 Sept. 2010. Web. 10 Feb. 2012. <http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2010/09/22/legacy>. Mank, Rob. "Men Far More Likely to Benefit from Affirmative
Action in College Admissions - Political Hotsheet - CBS News." Breaking News Headlines: Business, Entertainment & World News - CBS News. CBS, 26 Sept. 2011. Web. 9 Feb. 2012. <http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20111646-503544.html>. "Do we know in fact that the greater admission rate is solely a function of greater preference for those students, or in fact that a larger number of those students met the admissions standards?"
John Lippincott "Men are being admitted with lower grades and test scores," said Scott Jaschik, editor of Inside Higher Ed, which conducted the survey. "While a lot of people don't like to talk about it, a lot of colleges are basically doing affirmative action for men."
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