Would you like it if society held you to a lower standard than your fellow peers? Would you find that liberating or insulting?
Few topics are more controversial than affirmative action (AA). Nobody, except for the most morally bankrupt individuals, would argue with the goal of affirmative action. Correcting societal injustices and leveling the economic playing field for previously oppressed minorities isn’t only morally correct, it’s essential for healthy society.
The original goal of affirmative action was to ensure equality of opportunity for all races and ethnic groups. Based on evidence from the last sixty plus years, it can’t accomplish this goal.
Affirmative action is the promotion of education for groups that previously were discriminated against.
Affirmative action has been successful in increasing the number of minority students in colleges and graduate schools. Unfortunately, this was only accomplished through a drastic lowering of the academic bar for minorities.
This has led to high college drop-out rates, low class rankings and high fail rates for professional exams. These statistics have nothing to do with the intellectual ability of minority students. It has to do with counterproductive education policy and a lack of academic preparation for minority students.