Affirmative Pretense or Self-delusion

Justice Antonin Scalia once wrote: There is, of course, a lot of pretense or self-delusion (you can take your choice) in all that pertains to affirmative action. Those words came to mind this morning when I received an EEO/AA Program Policy Statement from my employer: The University … is an equal employment opportunity employer. The University does not discriminate or tolerate harassment on any basis prohibited … Continue reading Affirmative Pretense or Self-delusion

Class-based Affirmative Action

Richard D. Kahlenburg urges Barack Obama to propose ending race-based affirmative action, substituting class-based affirmative action in its place—mostly as a political ploy to move “beyond race” while still channeling mopst fo the program’s benefits to minorities. Commenters give some arguments that Kahlenburg’s political analysis leaves out: There’s no conflict between academic merit and the goals of racial and SES affirmative action, if one drops … Continue reading Class-based Affirmative Action

Reactions to Obama’s Speech

Michael Goldfarb points out how amazing our current situation is: What if I told you in 2004 that the Democratic party would run an African American candidate for president in 2008? I tell you National Journal will officially label this candidate the most liberal member of the United States Senate. This candidate will also have served less than three years in that Senate, with no … Continue reading Reactions to Obama’s Speech

Women in Science and Engineering

Allison Kasic writes of the coming academic tidal wave, a push to force science and engineering programs to have more women faculty members and students: Several panelists, including former Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala, spoke of the need for massive “institutional transformation.” Chairman Brian Baird (D-WA) asked what sort of “hammer” the government could use to enforce this transformation. A popular answer … Continue reading Women in Science and Engineering