> On Sat, Jun 2, 2012 at 12:24 PM, Robert Hansen <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > >> What you are suggesting is that the minimum standards should be arbitrarily >> lowered > > This is falsity. I did not suggest that.
Then there is nothing "affirmative" about what you are suggesting. Affirmative action can mean seeking more "qualified" applicants of a protected class or changing the standards such that more applicants of a protected class are "qualified". Just ensuring that applicants are not discriminated against (your statistics) is civil rights. There is nothing "affirmative" about civil rights.
I think Lyndon Johnson made a good case for affirmative action when he said (excellent speech writing) ...
"Nothing is more freighted with meaning for our own destiny than the revolution of the Negro American...In far too many ways American Negroes have been another nation: deprived of freedom, crippled by hatred, the doors of opportunity closed to hope...But freedom is not enough. You do not wipe away the scars of centuries by saying: Now you are free to go where you want, and do as you desire, and choose the leaders you please. You do not take a person who, for years, has been hobbled by chains and liberate him, bring him up to the starting line of a race and then say, 'you are free to compete with all the others,' and still justly believe that you have been completely fair...This is the next and the more profound stage of the battle for civil rights. We seek not just freedom but opportunity. We seek not just legal equity but human ability, not just equality as a right and a theory but equality as a fact and equality as a result...To this end equal opportunity is essential, but not enough, not enough."
And I think affirmative action was just what was needed to break open the doors, not just for blacks, but for women and other groups as well. I also think society (now) as a whole is of that opinion, that something beyond neutral, something affirmative had to be done to get things going. But that was 47 years ago. I am sure that "Plessy v Ferguson" looked right to society 146 years ago (the supreme court ruled it after all), but by the 50's and 60's it looked very wrong. Today we ask ourselves "What the hell were they thinking?" Well, today a lot of people are asking that same question about affirmative action (the kind that the supreme court is ruling on, not the version in your head).
And back to my main point. Affirmative action in education started out subtle but (quickly) became overt and to society and the courts it started to look very much like discrimination. Colleges simply couldn't justify their actions any longer and as the courts ruled in on the matter, the colleges started instituting policies that in effect lowered the standards across the board, resulting in the wholesale lack of standards we see today. Later I will post why so many classes (and schools even) fail the AP exam entirely, which was THE question that more or less resulted in me posting to this forum. I found the answer.