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Affirmative Action Has Failed. It Never Had a Chance to Succeed
National Review online ^ | 8-24-17 | David French

Posted on 08/25/2017 9:48:33 AM PDT by DeweyCA

This morning the New York Times published an extraordinary, data-rich article examining the outcome of diversity efforts at colleges from coast to coast. The results, quite frankly, are sobering.

After decades of affirmative action, billions of dollars invested in finding, mentoring, and recruiting minority students, and extraordinary levels of effort and experimentation, black and Hispanic students are “more underrepresented at the nation’s top colleges and universities than they were 35 years ago”. White and Asian students, on the other hand, remain overrepresented as a percentage of the population, with Asian students most overrepresented of all.

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No one should argue that increased resources make no difference. But to omit the influence of family on educational outcome is to conveniently forget the elephant in the room. Teachers know the importance of family, and they feel its absence. A good friend taught four years in an inner-city elementary school, and she told me that out of 100 kids (25 per year) exactly seven lived with their mom and dad. None lived with married parents. Only a small minority of single moms ever showed up for parent-teacher conferences. How much money will put those kids on equal footing with peers from intact, engaged families?

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But part of our unwillingness to talk about families rests in something else — a sense of resignation and despair. After all, what can we do? What’s the four-point plan for building a marriage culture in neighborhoods where kids may grow up without knowing a single person who lives in an intact home? We often don’t like to hear that cultural problems only have cultural or religious solutions because that’s hard, that’s long-term, and that’s out of our control. So, we change what we can change — curriculum, spending levels, admissions policies — and hope for the best.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: aa; affirmativeaction; discrimination
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People not only don't want to consider that the solution requires a change in culture and religious attitudes because they are hard and long-term, but because many elite Dems see Christianity as being stupid and part of the problem. They hate Christianity because it says that they are accountable to God for their behavior. Their ego is so huge that they don't want to even consider that it may be true, so they try to banish it from society. And our culture and society are in the process of reaping the horrific consequences of their actions.
1 posted on 08/25/2017 9:48:33 AM PDT by DeweyCA
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To: DeweyCA

Trump will end it...


2 posted on 08/25/2017 9:50:56 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("You can avoid reality, but you can't avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.")
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To: DeweyCA

Most can’t beat the Bell Curve. At many can’t.


3 posted on 08/25/2017 9:51:05 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation camp?)
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To: DeweyCA

It failed and should have not had a chance to succeed. It is illegal, even if a law allows it. (That law is invalid and therefore not binding.)


4 posted on 08/25/2017 9:51:35 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Lying Media: willing and eager allies of the hate-America left.)
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To: DeweyCA

5 posted on 08/25/2017 9:53:41 AM PDT by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: hal ogen

You can’t beat your own genetics, unfortunately, no matter how much money is thrown at you.


6 posted on 08/25/2017 9:54:38 AM PDT by Greetings_Puny_Humans (I mostly come out at night... mostly.)
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To: DeweyCA

What was that saying about silk purse and sow’s ear?


7 posted on 08/25/2017 9:54:39 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob
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To: DeweyCA

Cart before the horse and all that.


8 posted on 08/25/2017 9:55:05 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: DeweyCA

Tyranny of Low Expectations.

The ghetto culture holds people back. Little focus on education. Little focus on getting a job. Little focus on stable families. Little respect for rule of law. Little avoidance of impulsive/violent behavior. Little self control.

Until the culture changes there is no hope. And it is changeable. It’s just culture. You’re not born with it.

But giving food to people, giving shelter, giving education, giving jobs, giving health care — all of this Government Charity (and Affirmative Action is very much part of this) all of that “do-gooder” stuff removes any incentive to adopt a better culture.

And the result is stagnation.
Immigrants come to this country with no money, no language, nothing. And in no time at all they surpass African Americans. Because the new immigrants mostly avoid the ghetto culture.


9 posted on 08/25/2017 9:56:31 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Islam: You have to just love a "religion" based on rape and sex slavery.)
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To: DeweyCA

It will work if everyone downsizes their home and wills it to POC. /s


10 posted on 08/25/2017 9:57:38 AM PDT by Molon Labbie (Kim Jon Un. Entered the world stage Unopposed, led Unapologetically, died Unidentified.)
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To: DeweyCA

50 years wasn’t enough time?.......................


11 posted on 08/25/2017 9:58:02 AM PDT by Red Badger (Road Rage lasts 5 minutes. Road Rash lasts 5 months!.....................)
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The ghetto culture holds people back. Little focus on education. Little focus on getting a job. Little focus on stable families. Little respect for rule of law. Little avoidance of impulsive/violent behavior. Little self control.


Just what those White Liberals wanted.

12 posted on 08/25/2017 9:58:34 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: DeweyCA

Geez, who could have guessed that hiring someone LESS QUALIFIED for a job would have negative effects?

The effort should have been towards making sure your desired benefit group became more qualified- not dumbing down everything else to accommodate them.

That’s the “soft bigotry of lowered expectations” that Rush always talks about.


13 posted on 08/25/2017 9:58:35 AM PDT by Mr. K (***THERE IS NO CONSEQUENCE OF REPEALING OBAMACARE THAT IS WORSE THAN OBAMACARE ITSELF***)
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Democrats have been remarkably consistent since before the Civil War — pro-slavery, anti-Reconstruction, pro-Jim Crow, pro-Segregation, anti-Civil Rights Act of 1964, pro-Affirmative Action, pro-Ghetto Culture.

Democrats have consistently done everything they could to make African Americans a subservient class.

The hoary old notion that somehow the two American parties “switched places” in the 1960s and that the Republicans are the racist party with that bad old history, is something that really burns me.


14 posted on 08/25/2017 10:02:36 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Islam: You have to just love a "religion" based on rape and sex slavery.)
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To: DeweyCA

I don’t think enrollment should be the yardstick for success. Instead measure results. How many AA beneficiaries graduate? How many graduate with a useful degree (i.e., not a totally worthless “studies” degree or a degree in community organizing)? How many went on to productive careers that allowed them to become useful members of society? How many got licensed in their chosen professions? How many had their licenses revoked for incompetence or were censured by their profession? How often do they change jobs? How often were they fired for incompetence? How do their stats measure up to others in the profession?


15 posted on 08/25/2017 10:04:24 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: DeweyCA

“People not only don’t want to consider that the solution requires a change in culture and religious attitudes...
...our culture and society are in the process of reaping the horrific consequences of their actions.”

Well stated.


16 posted on 08/25/2017 10:05:15 AM PDT by jonno (Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
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To: Greetings_Puny_Humans

“You can’t beat your own genetics”

Sure. But what plays a bigger role in the outcome of a child’s development/success - genetics or family structure/support?


17 posted on 08/25/2017 10:07:48 AM PDT by jonno (Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
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To: DeweyCA

Affirmative Action is, by definition, discrimination against one or more particular groups of people.

If those groups are racially defined, then Affirmative Action is racist discrimination.


18 posted on 08/25/2017 10:08:10 AM PDT by Carl Vehse
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To: DeweyCA

You can’t solve past racism with more racism...

Just like

You can’t solve a debt problem with more debt.


19 posted on 08/25/2017 10:08:47 AM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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< Dems see Christianity as being stupid and part of the problem. They hate Christianity because it says that they are accountable to God for their behavior. >
Usually the left smugly proclaims the G-D is dead and Jesus is an "imaginary friend" whose father is a nonexistent "invisible sky daddy". But when it comes to leftist clergy supporting there pet causes, suddenly Jesus is a cool dude. It's nothing new, it goes back to the days when clergy participated in the anti war and anti nuke movements (Father Phillip Berrigan, among others). I remember some coalition of liberal priests insinuating that any Catholic who works in the defense industry will end up in hell if they don't quit their jobs and repent. Of course this was around the time when the priest abuse scandal was still simmering below the surface, just sayin'.
20 posted on 08/25/2017 10:08:48 AM PDT by Impala64ssa (Islamophobic? NO! IslamABHORic)
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