excited to see that CA will vote this month on repealing a ban on affirmative action (in other words, re-legalizing affirmative action). the timing coudn't be better... *gestures vaguely at the world outside my window*
i'm ashamed to say that i voted for the ban in the 1990s. the news back then was full of stories of local (white) kids not getting into state colleges, because CA colleges had become very competitive. (1/2)
i now see we were solving the wrong problem. they turned state colleges into a wedge by creating artificial scarcity, turning it into a zero-sum game where someone has to "lose".
we should instead expand colleges so that everyone who wants to go, can. expand the pool instead of turning us against each other.
(it's also dumb for the state to dictate what criteria the schools have to use for admissions, but that's almost beside the point.)
@patrick yeah the 2nd strategy is pretty exciting, because it's long overdue, and the schools are being forced into it by the pandemic -- so they can't drag their feet any longer
my mom is a university professor and she loves it, she can teach from her home and get her "classroom" (whiteboards and cams) set up just the way she likes, for any number of students
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