Color and Money: How Rich White Kids Are Winning the War by Peter G. Schmidt

By Peter G. Schmidt

What's the genuine tale at the back of the struggle over affirmative motion at faculties? Veteran journalist Peter Schmidt exposes truths that will outrage readers and perpetually rework the controversy. He unearths how:

* faculties use affirmative motion to masks how a lot they cater to the kingdom membership crowd and to solicit help from the large organizations they steer minority scholars towards;

* conservatives have used competition to affirmative motion to boost a broader schedule that incorporates gutting govt courses that support point the taking part in box;

* selective schools present households for safeguarding their childrens from touch with different races and periods and aid perpetuate societal discrimination by way of favoring candidates from dear deepest faculties or public colleges in particular groups;

* racial tensions like these witnessed at Duke collage, the collage of Michigan, and ratings of different campuses in contemporary a long time are a right away results of collage admissions guidelines;

* affirmative-action personal tastes for girls and minorities could have survived fresh courtroom demanding situations, yet in a lot of the kingdom they're not likely to continue to exist the forces of democracy; and

* despite what occurs with affirmative motion, African american citizens are going to be denied equivalent entry to high schools for plenty of many years to come back except American society undergoes progressive switch.

This is a startling, courageous, and punctiliously researched ebook that might ignite a countrywide debate on category and schooling for years yet to come.

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Although selective colleges had long brought in subsequent generations of the same families, they did not feel a need for formal policies giving legacies an edge until those kids began losing their seats to Jews. Colleges started trying to gauge applicants’ character through personal interviews and letters of recommendation out of a conviction that good character was something most Jewish applicants lacked. ” Another series of developments early in the twentieth century led to the creation of one of the most crucial sorting devices in the college admissions process, the Scholastic Aptitude Test (now officially known simply as the SAT), as well as its offspring, the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for graduate schools, and the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) for business schools.

Employers were asking applicants to have college credentials showing they were up to the task of overseeing complex organizations. 21 Immigrants pouring into the United States came to see a college degree as the ticket to the good life. 22 Color and Money As elite colleges took stock of the broader societal trends around them, they decided they needed to open their doors to a larger segment of society while improving the quality of the students that they brought in. Accordingly, they raised their overall admissions standards while abandoning requirements that applicants have credits in subjects, such as Latin, offered almost exclusively by elite prep schools.

59 Selective colleges also like to keep those on their payrolls happy, and most have therefore adopted a little-discussed practice of giving the children of administrators, faculty, and staff extra consideration in admissions, plus free or discounted tuition, to show appreciation and promote employee retention. It’s understandable how tuition benefits and admissions preferences go hand in hand. If a college woos a new faculty member with the promise that his or her child won’t need to pay tuition there, and then tells that professor after years of service that the child was just not quite smart enough to get in, the result is likely to be a very disgruntled professor.

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