40 - Reflections of Affirmative Action Goals in Psychology Admissions

40 - Reflections of Affirmative Action Goals in Psychology Admissions

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"Reflections of Affirmative Action Goals in Psychology Admissions" Understanding Prejudice and Discrimination Pp. 197-202 Entry #40 Few issues have generated as much controversy as affirmative action in higher education. Achievement is based on individual effort, but the reality of social injustice denies the equal opportunity as far as gender and ethnicity. Some of the goals for affirmative action are not always compatible and that different goals may result in disparate admissions decisions. Because of past injustices, affirmative action is necessary to balance the moral scales. Having to judge the different groups experiences is difficult as they are all different. Many have argued that a person's socioeconomic status is an indicator of individual victimization. But just relying on someone's economic
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Unformatted text preview: disadvantages is not enough. White disadvantaged still compete for admission with affluent minority candidates. Another argument is that discriminatory practices have allowed some groups to get a bigger share of rewards than other groups. Ethnic minorities should be represented in the workplace and in academia as much as they are in the general population. There are still many wrinkles to be ironed out of the affirmative action system in the United States. These four arguments are valid points that should question the current state of affirmative action in academia and in society. As a country, we need to join together as one people to tackle these gender and ethnic issues....
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This note was uploaded on 12/30/2008 for the course CES 101 taught by Professor Wilson,sky during the Fall '08 term at Washington State University .

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