We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
A reader pointed out that schools use two categories: "Minorities" and "Underrepresented Minorities." Asians are overrepresented minorities. Poor whites are, well, white - and whites who cannot pay full freight, so nobody wants them.
Related, the post below, Fault Lines, is a good overview of what is going on politically these days. A quote from that essay:
“He’s trying to Europeanize us, and the Europeans are going the other way. The entire American spirit is being broken,” said an Obama voter and donor in South Bend, Indiana. In Elkhart, Indiana, Time found a Republican candidate who said she was “often approached by Obama voters who want[ed] to vent.” “Betrayed by the health care vote,” “What are they thinking when it comes to spending?” and “He’s not what I voted for,” were among the many complaints. These are not Republicans, and Republicans did not make them say this.
A reader pointed out that schools use two categories: "Minorities" and "Underrepresented Minorities."
I had only spoken of one school. I have no knowledge of what other schools do - although if other schools did follow the same logic I wouldn't be surprised.
I've heard thata different approach was used to balance the sexes. When I attended MIT the student body was M:F::10:1. Now it's M:F::54:46. While still one of the very few co-ed schools that are majority male, that's a big difference. I'm told it was done by putting more emphasis on the verbal SAT scores, which favored women, although I cannot cite an authority for that. Not that they've de-emphasized the math. Every freshman has to pass two semesters of calculus and most majors will require you to take more, so the average SAT math score is still well in the mid 700's.
I spoke a few years ago with a female classmate (that I had never met while I was there). She told me the co-eds had a saying:
I read an article a few months ago about 'diversity rules' established by colleges and universities fairly recently to "admit fairly" new students to their institutions. They've got a problem, folks. They want to up their numbers of blacks and other minorities -- except for Asians. Trouble is, they have flocks of well qualified Asians applying, and if they followed their own diversity rules, they wouldn't have room for blacks and other minorities they would like to favor, because so many highly qualified Asian students are applying, the numbers overwhelm the other minority groups.
So what are they doing, you ask? They're rewriting the admissions rules to overly favor the other minorities and handicap the Asians, of course.