Four Affirmative Action Myths
by Paul Rockwell
Student movements often make headlines for their actions. But hard research and clear thinking are the foundation for social progress.
The Berkeley campus (University of California) is becoming a font of information on affirmative action. In my opinion, student activists are better informed, more clearheaded, more true to the principles of multicultural democracy, than all the pontifs and pundits on network TV combined.
Beyond The Barriers (a journal in defense of affirmative action, produced by the Graduate Minority Students' Project), Diversity In Action literature, and the Berkeleyan (newspaper for faculty and staff) provide excellent study material for the wider community. Here are four myth-debunking samples from the Berkeley campus.Myth 1
Berkeley has lowered its standards and admitted unqualified minority students while turning away highly qualified white and Asian American students.
Affirmative Action has failed
Most of the minority students who enroll at Berkeley fail
Only minority students benefit from Affirmative Action
Learning about other groups in our society and learning to work with a wide range of individuals should be a fundamental part of a university education in California in the l990s. The University is one of the few places in our society where such contact can routinely take place.Paul Rockwell, formerly assistant professor of philosophy at Midwestern University, is a writer and children's librarian in the San Francisco Bay Area.
|Published in In Motion Magazine December 20, 1995.
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