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A Devastating Affirmative-Action Failure: Predictable Results from a Berkeley Case Study
National Review ^ | 08/26/2013 | Heather MacDonald

Posted on 08/26/2013 7:12:52 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

The Los Angeles Times recently published a devastating case study in the malign effects of academic racial preferences. The University of California, Berkeley, followed the diversocrat playbook to the letter in admitting Kashawn Campbell, a South Central Los Angeles high-school senior, in 2012: It disregarded his level of academic preparation, parked him in the black dorm — the “African American Theme Program” — and provided him with a black-studies course.

The results were thoroughly predictable. After his first semester, reports the Times:

[Kashawn] had barely passed an introductory science course. In College Writing 1A, his essays — pockmarked with misplaced words and odd phrases — were so weak that he would have to take the class again.

His writing often didn’t make sense. He struggled to comprehend the readings for [College Writing] and think critically about the text.

“It took awhile for him to understand there was a problem,” [his instructor] said. “He could not believe that he needed more skills. He would revise his papers and each time he would turn his work back in having complicated it. The paper would be full of words he thought were academic, writing the way he thought a college student should write, using big words he didn’t have command of.”

His grade-point average was 1.7, putting him at risk of expulsion if he didn’t raise it by the end of the year. The one bright spot in his academic record? Why, African American Studies 5A, of course! Kashawn had received an A on an essay and a B on a midterm, the best grades of his freshman year:

Kashawn reveled in the class [a survey of black culture and race relations], in a way he hadn’t since high school. He would often be the first one to speak up in discussions, even though his points weren’t always the most sophisticated, said Gabrielle Williams, a doctoral student who helped teach the class.

He still had gaps in his knowledge of history. But, Williams said, “you could see how engaged he was, how much he loved being there.”

Did Kashawn’s good grades in African American Studies 5A mean that he had suddenly learned how to think and to write? Not at all. He was advancing little in his second go-round at expository writing: “On yet another failing essay, the instructor wrote how surprised she was at his lack of progress, especially, she noted, given the hours they’d spent going over his ‘extremely long, awkward and unclear sentences.’”

His (to him) unforeseen academic struggles took a psychological toll:

He had never felt this kind of failure, nor felt this insecure. . . . Each poor grade [was] another stinging punch bringing him closer to flunking out. None of the adults in his life knew the depth of his pain: not his professors, his counselors, any of the teachers at his old high school.

He tries to rally his spirits with heart-wrenching pathos: “‘I can do this! I can do this!’ he had written [in a diary]. ‘Let the studying begin! . . . It’s time for Kashawn’s Comeback!’”

A counselor in the campus psychologist’s office urged him to scale back his academic ambitions. “Maybe he didn’t have to be the straight-A kid he’d been in high school anymore,” the counselor advised him. This “be content with mediocrity” message is hardly a recipe for future success, but it sums up the attitude that many a struggling affirmative-action “beneficiary” has adopted to get through college.

The black-themed dorm and student center also operated exactly as one would expect, confirming their members’ belief in their own racial oppression:

“Sometimes we feel like we’re not wanted on campus,” Kashawn said, surrounded at a dinner table by several of his dorm mates, all of them nodding in agreement. “It’s usually subtle things, glances or not being invited to study groups. Little, constant aggressions.”

Of course, the only reason that Kashawn and many of his fellow dorm mates are at Berkeley is because the administration “wants” them so much, regardless of their chances of success. It is unlikely, however, that African American Studies 5A discussed the academic-achievement gap in Berkeley’s admissions between black, white, and Asian students. That gap, not racism, explains why Kashawn is not a sought-after addition to study groups. (Kashawn came to Berkeley through one of the University of California’s many desperate efforts to evade California’s ban on governmental racial preferences: an admissions guarantee for students in the top decile of their high school classes, regardless of their test scores or the caliber of their school.)

Kashawn is on tenterhooks waiting to learn if his second-semester grades will allow him to continue into sophomore year. Which course gave him an A–, to pull his GPA over the top? Hint: It wasn’t College Writing.

The Times could not have written a more resounding confirmation of mismatch theory if it had tried. (The paper’s motivations for the story remain mysterious, since the Times is conventionally liberal on race matters.) Mismatch theory, most recently expounded by Richard Sander and Stuart Taylor, is the most powerful critique of affirmative action yet developed, demonstrating empirically that students admitted to academic environments for which they are ill prepared learn less, and are less likely to pursue rigorous majors, than had they been enrolled in schools where their peers shared their level of academic preparation.

But the Times story conveys a subtler point as well: Racial preferences are not just ill advised, they are positively sadistic. Only the preening self-regard of University of California administrators and faculty is served by such an admissions travesty. Preference practitioners are willing to set their “beneficiaries” up to fail and to subject them to possible emotional distress, simply so that the preference dispensers can look out upon their “diverse” realm and know that they are morally superior to the rest of society.

Heather Mac Donald is a contributing editor at the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal and the author of Are Cops Racist?


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; US: California
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1 posted on 08/26/2013 7:12:52 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Heather Mac Donald is a great reporter and analyst. Her reports on immigration and gang violence are the best out there.


2 posted on 08/26/2013 7:17:55 AM PDT by kabar
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To: SeekAndFind

So this kids butt is parked at the racist UC-Berkeley where he obviously did not belong instead of learning a trade?

This kid is not going to magically become something he isn’t. Just because his public school pretended he was a genius doesn’t make him one.

He should have been a Plumbers Assistant or something. Probably even be employed by now.


3 posted on 08/26/2013 7:20:11 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: SeekAndFind
It disregarded his level of academic preparation, parked him in the black dorm ...

It's 2013 and there is a black dorm at Berkeley?

4 posted on 08/26/2013 7:24:22 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: SeekAndFind

It takes a case study to confirm what most people know instinctively; that placing a poor student in an academically stringent arena, where he or she is doomed to fail, is of no benefit to anybody.

But somehow, the progs expect magic to occur, and our hapless underachiever will become a scholastic wunderkind overnight.

(sigh)


5 posted on 08/26/2013 7:25:48 AM PDT by Tigerized
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To: SeekAndFind
The paper would be full of words he thought were academic, writing the way he thought a college student should write, using big words he didn’t have command of.”

Sounds like Michelle Obama's thesis at Princeton!

6 posted on 08/26/2013 7:25:50 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: SeekAndFind

In a sane world the high school that gave this boy A’s should be audited and the administration sacked.


7 posted on 08/26/2013 7:26:22 AM PDT by jdsteel (Give me freedom, not more government.)
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To: GeronL
So this kids butt is parked at the racist UC-Berkeley where he obviously did not belong instead of learning a trade?

He is learning a trade.

8 posted on 08/26/2013 7:26:23 AM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Sometimes we feel like we’re not wanted on campus,” Kashawn said, surrounded at a dinner table by several of his dorm mates, all of them nodding in agreement. “It’s usually subtle things, glances or not being invited to study groups. Little, constant aggressions.”

The victimology runs deep. Incredibly sad. The race-baiters nave been extremely successful. If you fail at what you do or are dissatisfied of your station in life, it’s always somebody else’s fault. In this case, it’s the “racists” on campus.


9 posted on 08/26/2013 7:26:59 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Sometimes we feel like we’re not wanted on campus,” Kashawn said, surrounded at a dinner table by several of his dorm mates, all of them nodding in agreement. “It’s usually subtle things, glances or not being invited to study groups. Little, constant aggressions.”

I had similar problems and I am White. I was ignorant of a lot of knowledge that others had already accumulated but not being of a “privileged” minority I had no one to blame but myself.
I had to earn my way through school....wonder who paid for Kashawn and his friends.


10 posted on 08/26/2013 7:27:26 AM PDT by BilLies (WHOSE YOUR DADDY?)
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To: Steely Tom

true


11 posted on 08/26/2013 7:28:10 AM PDT by GeronL
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12 posted on 08/26/2013 7:28:13 AM PDT by RedMDer (http://www.dontfundobamacare.com/)
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To: GeronL
The situation is this country is similar to what the commies did in Russia when they took over. The Bolsheviks assumed all jobs, no matter the difficulty, could be run by anyone. So when they took over, they fired a lot of bourgeois professionals and gave their jobs to loyal party members. It very soon became apparent that most of the party members didn't have a clue about how to run things that required professional training. The commies had to swallow their pride and give most of the jobs back to the bourgeois people who had been running them proficiently.

And like the commies of old, today's lefties think the same thing...entrance to good colleges is just a matter of money or who knows whom. They are oblivious to the fact that most minorities aren't in upper level colleges because they simply can't do the work. Never mind...stick them in anyway. And when they fail, scream racism.

13 posted on 08/26/2013 7:30:27 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: SeekAndFind

The following anecdote attributed (perhaps apocryphally) to Abe Lincoln takes the form of a riddle:

q. How many legs does a horse have, if you call a tail a leg?

When someone replies “five” he is corrected with:
“No, it is still four. Calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg.”

And calling a black student Cal/Berkeley material does not make him so.


14 posted on 08/26/2013 7:31:55 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (July 4, 1776: Declaration of Independence. Nov 6, 2012: Declaration of Dependence. R.I.P. America.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Students (ANY students) cannot leap frog basics in grade school then expect to get along in HS and college.

In grade school, we HAD to diagram sentences and do all the other writing and reading assignments in order to pass to the next grade. Failing a class was VERY much a possibility.

If schools have dropped THIS approach in favor of something ‘kinder’ for students... then they are just putting off the hard work, disappointment and emotional let-down to a later date.

The optimum time to learn these basics is in grade school and it is a tremendous disservice to young people (who ever they are) to pass students without an understanding of this.

15 posted on 08/26/2013 7:32:30 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The test of every religious, political, or educational system is the man that it forms." H. Amiel)
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To: SeekAndFind

pockmarked with misplaced words and odd phrases”

RACIST!


16 posted on 08/26/2013 7:34:04 AM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: SeekAndFind

Simply being an intellectual Pygmy doesn’t nean another one of these low performers can’t grow up to be mayor of a big city, a state governor, a senator, US president or first lady.


17 posted on 08/26/2013 7:35:23 AM PDT by Iron Munro (To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize - Voltaire)
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To: kabar
Like so many (if not all) Lefty Utopian academically driven and beauracratically managed schemes...Who didn't see this train coming down the tracks?!

Ultimately Lefties like BO and is ilk could not care less about real outcomes and results.

All that matters is rigid loyalty to the IDEOLOGY.

Marching lockstep with the IDEOLOGY is the true test of Intellectualism. When results don't meet expectations, it is not the fault of the IDEOLOGY. The blame will be placed at the feet of some convenient scapegoat.

The IDEOLOGY and it's destructive manifestations will live on.

The only absolute is that EVERYONE must CONFORM to the IDEOLOGY. There is no room for dissenters.

There are many many more IDEOLOGICAL trains speeding down the tracks. Many of us see the light and hear the horn...but we are not allowed to get off the tracks.

18 posted on 08/26/2013 7:35:29 AM PDT by Awgie (truth is always stranger than fiction)
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To: SeekAndFind
“It took awhile for him to understand there was a problem,” [his instructor] said. “He could not believe that he needed more skills. He would revise his papers and each time he would turn his work back in having complicated it. The paper would be full of words he thought were academic, writing the way he thought a college student should write, using big words he didn’t have command of.”

A lot of blacks have a vastly-inflated sense of their personal abilities. This is why so many cry racism at the drop of a hat. They are not playing mind games. They do in fact think that they are putting out superior effort and results, and any failure to reward them for these outstanding efforts constitutes racism.

The UK's left-wing Guardian on the phenomenon, back in 2000:

The poor academic and economic achievement of black people is often blamed on low self-esteem, the result of discrimination from birth and endless negative stereotypes. But the most definitive study on the subject now contradicts this belief: black teenagers do not have lower self-esteem than whites, but higher. Anti-racism campaigners claim that the report suggests there is even more discrimination against blacks than previously thought.

In an article in the US journal Psychological Bulletin, an African-American psychologist shows that whatever the effects of racism, poor self-esteem is not one of them. Except for the very young and very rich, blacks have higher self-esteem than their white counterparts, she demonstrates, and have had for years.


19 posted on 08/26/2013 7:36:25 AM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: driftless2

I visited China in 2001, the guest of a business acquaintance. He took me to a factory he owned; it occupied one floor of a building that had been erected during the Mao era.

No elevators. We started climbing stairs to get to the third floor, and I almost immediately tripped and fell. Puzzled, I looked closely at the stairway. Every step was a different height! Some were ~2 inches, some were ~3 inches, a couple were ~4 inches!

I asked him how this came to be. He told me that the building was built by “Peoples Construction Crews” or something like that. Mao believed that college-educated architects were counterrevolutionary, and so tens of thousands of buildings of that era were designed by “The People.” The stairway was one result.

I have to say the building seemed to me to be basically sound; perhaps a little old-fashioned in its over-solidity. I didn’t observe any other deficiencies.

Maybe just the stairways were made by The People.


20 posted on 08/26/2013 7:37:44 AM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: SeekAndFind
A Devastating Affirmative-Action Failure


21 posted on 08/26/2013 7:38:24 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: driftless2

so did Venezuela

look how that’s turning out


22 posted on 08/26/2013 7:39:23 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: SeekAndFind

UC Berkeley (and others) is not for everyone, Keshawn included.

Two years at a JC probably could have better prepared him for a four year state college, which is not as demanding as a UC.


23 posted on 08/26/2013 7:42:19 AM PDT by Michael.SF. (0bama lied, Stevens died, now 0bama covers up the lies.)
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To: SeekAndFind

When we visited colleges last year for my daughter in VA we had student tour guides. At one school, the guide was a black 22 year old Junior. He said, “dis be my dorm”, he said “yo” a lot and other broken ghetto speak.

We broke ranks in the middle of the tour and went on to the next college.


24 posted on 08/26/2013 7:45:16 AM PDT by albie (re)
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To: headstamp 2

If I were a student, who was doing reasonably well, why would I invite a poor student? He won’t be able to keep up and he would only slow me down.


25 posted on 08/26/2013 7:45:49 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: SeekAndFind

When I was in college, I remember a person who got a D in organic chemistry and went to another college and got a B. All schools are the not same. Berkeley is a very competitive school and only students who meet the real qualifications should be admitted. There are many levels of colleges, and there are community colleges. From what I have read, the California public school system is poor and even poorer if you are a minority. Obviously, this young man was not prepared by his high school experience for Berkeley. Is the problem the young man’s lack of ability, his education, or a combination of both? I have no idea.
But the point is that it is sadistic to put someone in a top college just because of their race. Liberals think they are being “good”. Sadly, the non qualified students have a very hard time and are much more likely to drop out. And these students take the place of much more qualified students. The liberal mindset is disordered and harms people in so, so many ways.


26 posted on 08/26/2013 7:48:46 AM PDT by Essie
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To: SeekAndFind

So what happened to Kashawn?................


27 posted on 08/26/2013 7:50:07 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: driftless2
And like the commies of old, today's lefties think the same thing...entrance to good colleges is just a matter of money or who knows whom. They are oblivious to the fact that most minorities aren't in upper level colleges because they simply can't do the work. Never mind...stick them in anyway. And when they fail, scream racism.

Social Engineering, like it's very big brother Socialism, is doomed to fail everytime.

28 posted on 08/26/2013 7:50:14 AM PDT by immadashell (The inmates are running the asylum.)
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To: Rummyfan

“Sounds like Michelle Obama’s thesis at Princeton!”
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As Christopher Hitchens wrote,
“I direct your attention to Mrs. Obama’s 1985 thesis at Princeton University. Its title (rather limited in scope, given the author and the campus) is “Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community.” To describe it as hard to read would be a mistake; the thesis cannot be “read” at all, in the strict sense of the verb. This is because it wasn’t written in any known language.”

I recall a line in one of Erskine Caldwell’s books, something like, “Possession of a hammer don’t make of a man a carpenter.” Likewise possession of a degree does not make a person educated. The degree used to be awarded to signify the attainment of an education but now there seems to be little or no connection between the two. If we could return to the old K-12 system people would finish high school with far more education than is now represented by a bachelor degree. Obviously a REAL education is far from being the goal of the modern system.


29 posted on 08/26/2013 7:52:42 AM PDT by RipSawyer
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To: Jonty30

Bingo!............


30 posted on 08/26/2013 7:52:59 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: SeekAndFind

The most glaring example is one Barack Hussein Obama II, an unaccomplished narcissist elected to the highest public office in the land. Congratulations America...what an embarrassment.


31 posted on 08/26/2013 7:53:20 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: Steely Tom

Yes. He’s learning a trade known as ‘Race Hustling.

One can make an excellent living at it if one has the right “credentials”.


32 posted on 08/26/2013 7:57:45 AM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos...)
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To: SeekAndFind
African American Theme Program

Looks like the South was way ahead of the power curve on this one, except for the title. They called it "Segregation".

33 posted on 08/26/2013 8:01:53 AM PDT by centurion316
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To: SeekAndFind

American media and left did this with a white-black president and look how that is turning out.


34 posted on 08/26/2013 8:03:05 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: RipSawyer
If we could return to the old K-12 system...
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

If we returned to the old K-12 system, in a few short decades we would be back to where we are today.

The old system was, and continues to be today, a compulsory-use, single-payer, and socialist-entitlement program.It was a 19th century Progressive idea. Progressives, and later socialists and Marxists, have **ALWAYS** controlled teacher training and curriculum development. The Progs/Socialists/Marxists have always been pushing at the edges of societies moral norms.

Now, I am going to shout, jump up and down, and wave my arms in a warning alarm!

SINGLE-PAYER, SOCIALIST-ENTITLEMENT, COMPULSORY PROGRAMS CAN NOT BE FIXED! THEY MUST BE ABOLISHED!

GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS WERE **ALWAYS** A COMPULSORY-USE, SINGLE-PAYER, AND SOCIALIST-ENTITLEMENT. THEY CAN NOT BE FIXED. THEY MUST BE ABOLISHED!

All it took to give the nation Franklin D. Roosevelt with his compulsory, single-payer, and socialist programs was one to three generations of citizens schooled in compulsory, single-payer, and socialist-entitlement schools.

Our parents and grandparents gave us Lyndon B. Johnson and his socialist-entitlement and single-payer programs. They were schooled in compulsory, single-payer, and socialist-entitlement schools.

Finally, nearly every teacher in this nation ( pre-K through college and graduate school) was trained by Marxists in Marxist-run colleges and universities. Certainly few of these teachers are full-blown communists but their Marxist training does bleed through into their classrooms.

35 posted on 08/26/2013 8:04:36 AM PDT by wintertime
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To: Zhang Fei

Trayvon’s pathetic girlfriend is Exhibit A of someone with an excess of self-esteem. Only fools such as Piers Morgan and his fellow blind media types agreed with her assessment of herself.


36 posted on 08/26/2013 8:06:55 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Zhang Fei

“Higher self esteem” would seem to be just a new name for what we used to call “overconfidence”. Confidence is wonderful, without some degree of confidence a person is powerless, I know because I have been in that condition, afraid to try because I “knew” I could not succeed. On the other hand overconfidence causes one to believe he already possesses knowledge and skills when in fact he is lacking. This can result in problems of all kinds, up to and including death. When the overconfident are put in charge they create disasters of all kinds, the current situation in the USA would be a prime example. Install a totally unqualified community organizer as president and rather than seeing the Earth begin to heal itself as he claimed you will see what we are seeing, a nation destroying itself.


37 posted on 08/26/2013 8:08:16 AM PDT by RipSawyer
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To: SeekAndFind
Good article, SaF...I attended good K-12 schools and many of my peers went on to be doctors and engineers. However my several attemps at college were awful . I hated these classes because not one of them was relevant to a career but instead were foolish such as reading 'Beowulf' in old English, for one example. I saw no point of it and after many years of working I can verify I was right. The Left cannot just leave people alone. If some one really wants college OK, but that anyone but a licensed professional NEEDS to go is uselessness. Knowledge puffs up people giving them a high opinion of themselves that is undeserved.
38 posted on 08/26/2013 8:10:24 AM PDT by virgil283 (When the sun spins, the cross appears, and the skies burn red)
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To: wintertime

Bump your excellent post.

The problem is, wintertime, that graduates of the American public school have been made creatures of the State that created the system, and rarely have retained the capacity for critical thought.

The modern state creates its own people, as Brecht mockingly advised the East German regime back in ‘53.


39 posted on 08/26/2013 8:10:48 AM PDT by headsonpikes (Mass murder and cannibalism are the twin sacraments of socialism - "Who-whom?"-Lenin)
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To: RipSawyer
. If we could return to the old K-12 system ...
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Obamacare won't be that bad at first.

In a generation or two citizens will say, “If we could return to the old Obamacare system....”.

Obamacare, like government K-12 schooling, is compulsory-funded and will be compulsory-use because the private market in health care ( just like private schooling) will be driven to near extinction. Private health care will find it hard to compete against a government monopoly and price-fixed cartel that is giving away health care for no fee, just as government schools give their service away for tuition-free.

Do you see, now. Government schooling can't be fixed because it is a compulsory-funded, compulsory-use, single-payer, socialist-entitlement, and price-fixed monopoly cartel. It **always** has been!

40 posted on 08/26/2013 8:11:12 AM PDT by wintertime
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To: ConservativeDude

Old School Fools aint DOWN with the program!!

BAN CURSIVE NOW!


41 posted on 08/26/2013 8:12:13 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey (Block Captain..Tyranny Response Team / al-Kilab Division)
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To: headstamp 2

“Sometimes we feel like we’re not wanted on campus,” Kashawn said, surrounded at a dinner table by several of his dorm mates, all of them nodding in agreement. “It’s usually subtle things, glances or not being invited to study groups. Little, constant aggressions.”

Somehow I had the impression that Berkeley was overrun with white liberals who worship at the altar of diversity and inclusion. This comment leads one to believe it is full of redneck racists.


42 posted on 08/26/2013 8:12:54 AM PDT by Soul of the South (Yesterday is gone. Today will be what we make of it.)
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To: headsonpikes

have retained the capacity for critical thought.
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It is stunning that so many conservatives who are rational in every other way, continue to believe that government single-payer schooling can be fixed.

Gee! If we could only go back to the old K-12 system.....( Head banging against computer desk.)


43 posted on 08/26/2013 8:14:56 AM PDT by wintertime
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m sick of commenting on this $h!t. Colleges are never going to change. They’re going to give free admission to low IQ minorities, fill them with this ‘racial oppression’ $h!t, give them grades they don’t deserve, and send them out to be hired by kiss-a$$ corporations or government agencies, where they will get a salary for being a minority.

Then our kids who paid their own college tuition and the tuition for the minorities are passed over for jobs because they are “White.”

After all that, we are called racist for breathing.
I’m sick of it.


44 posted on 08/26/2013 8:17:06 AM PDT by I want the USA back
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To: SeekAndFind

More than likely, being an unfortunate result of a “mis-contraception”, his misuse of academic sounding words were totally “in-venereal”


45 posted on 08/26/2013 8:18:03 AM PDT by Wurlitzer (Nothing says "ignorance" like Islam! 969)
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To: SeekAndFind

The tragic figure in this story is not Kashawn. It’s the unknown Asian-American kid from Fremont with a straight-A average and very high test scores whose place at Berkeley was taken away by the self-righteous administrators, who admitted Kashawn instead to fill their quota.


46 posted on 08/26/2013 8:18:20 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: SeekAndFind

My only issue on McDonald with this is dinging for counselor for advising that he accept doing his best. Hundreds of years of ‘Gentleman’s C’ college students have adjusted to mediocre grades, whether by limits in ability or effort.

I think the counselor knew what he or she was doing.


47 posted on 08/26/2013 8:18:57 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: txrefugee

those “traditional” new school NAMES...that some people...saddle thier offspring with...are intended to make those kids feel SPECIAL....thereby boosting their self esteem.

Imani...Ebony...Shanice...Aaliyah...Precious..Nia...Deja [?]... Diamond..Asia

The Top 20 ‘Whitest’ and ‘Blackest’ Names

http://abcnews.go.com/2020/story?id=2470131&page=1

you just HAVE to know that such choice names will help a “student” excel..


48 posted on 08/26/2013 8:19:47 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey (Block Captain..Tyranny Response Team / al-Kilab Division)
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To: Soul of the South

“It’s usually subtle things, glances or not being invited to study groups. Little, constant aggressions.”
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

So?...Suck it up! Cope! Find strategies. Be assertive.

I was a woman majoring in the hard sciences and was **often** the only woman in the class. There were rarely more than 3 woman in a auditorium class of more than 100. I later entered a male dominated profession. In a school of 600 professional students there were 12 ( Yes, TWELVE) women students!


49 posted on 08/26/2013 8:19:51 AM PDT by wintertime
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To: Tigerized
"It takes a case study to confirm what most people know instinctively; that placing a poor student in an academically stringent arena, where he or she is doomed to fail, is of no benefit to anybody."

Least of all the "favored" individual. My true but sad story. I worked for many years for one of the biggest chemical companies in the US, at one of their deep South sites. The company (affirmative action) hired a significant number of black technical employees. My group landed (and I worked directly with) probably 5-6.

One poor soul had gone up through "black" institutions his entire academic career (black high school, black universities) to the stated level of having a masters degree in chemistry. He worked directly for me. The poor soul just did NOT have either the necessary skills nor the necessary intelligence to function in the job. He barely performed at the level of a high school grad. Needless to say, he eventually departed the company, convinced the whole time that it was "the system" that was the reason.

The really sad part is that he was right...but not in the way he thought.

By comparison, some of those I worked with had come up through "all-black" but CATHOLIC parochial schools. Same demographic population, same cultural background, but NO "affirmative action" grade/performance inflation.

THOSE blacks could compete on an equal level with any other employee of the company of comparable academic background.

Affirmative action is NOT a positive!

50 posted on 08/26/2013 8:20:00 AM PDT by Wonder Warthog
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