Originally posted by @no1marauder to Wolfgang59
Not offending Right wingers is hardly a reason to deny a quality education to millions of black and Hispanics:
Several states have banned affirmative action programs in the past. This happened in California in 1998, and when it did, black and Hispanic enrollment at the University of California, Berkeley fell from 24% to just 13%. Now ov ...[text shortened]... ps://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/04/affirmative-action-california-black-hispanic-students
The lower admission rates of black and Latino students to UC Berkeley have a strong
correlation with their lower academic performances, compared to Asian and white students.
Does No1Marauder prefer that academic performance be considered irrelevant in university admissions?
Does No1Marauder prefer that admissions be politically driven, primarily based upon
whether an applicant belongs to a politically powerful group (such as wealthy white alumni)?
Does No1Marauder prefer that admissions be based upon demographic racial quotas?
Does No1Marauder prefer that the now illegal practice of 'race-norming' be resumed?
"Race-norming, more formally called within-group score conversion and score adjustment strategy,
is the practice of adjusting test scores to account for the race or ethnicity of the test-taker.
In the United States, it was first implemented by the United States federal government in 1981
with little publicity, and was subsequently outlawed by the Civil Rights Act of 1991"
No American would argue that athletic performances should be 'race-normed' or that
racial quotas should be applied when selecting members of athletic teams.
But many Americans have much less meritocratic beliefs about academic performances.
I would submit that performance in mathematics tends to be assessed more objectively than
performances in team sports, where an individual's playing time depends upon the coach's preference.
Regardless of a teacher's prejudices, every mathematics student has an opportunity to
take the same tests and prove one's worth. In contrast, a prejudiced coach can prevent
a talented athlete from playing enough and having the opportunity to show what one can do.
In 2017, the USA selected student teams to participate in International Olympiads in
mathematics (6), physics (5), chemistry (4), biology (4), and informatics (4).
Of these 23 students, only one's white. There were no blacks or Latinos.
The other 22 were Asians: 17 Chinese (including two females), 4 Indians, 1 Korean.
What obviously 'un-American' teams! If the teams had been selected according to racial quotas,
there would be one token Asian, three blacks, four Hispanics, 14-15 whites (with perhaps
one slot reserved for someone of 'mixed race' ). Surely, many Americans would be
prouder of sending students whose faces "look more like most Americans', even if their
performances would be objectively much worse.