Sunday, May 27, 2007

Affirmative action along economic lines! Brilliant!

Heyyy... long time no post. sorry.

I came across this article in the New York Times today:

Elite Colleges Open New Doors to Low Income Youths.

Apparently, in the "last few years", elite colleges have been noticing that they barely have any students from the bottom income quartile! So now, they are starting to offer grants to low income students, AND are

"[...] recruiting them and taking their socioeconomic background — defined by family income, parents’ education and occupation level — into account when making admissions decisions."

This trailblazing new admissions philosophy was prompted by recent research that has cast doubt on the leveling power of traditional affirmative action admissions policies. Apparently, schools have been winding up with a lot more upper class minority students than lower class minority students.

DUH DUH DUH DUH DUH Where's Carlos Mencia when you need him DUH DUH DUH....

I can't stand it when a serious publication writes about a blatantly obvious point (that race-based affirmative action helps black people, not poor people) as if it's some sort of staggering new conclusion, brought about only by years of research.