Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Ending Early Decision is a Marketing Ploy, that Helps 2 White Poor Kids and 5 Black Kids and Maybe 1 Latino.


Havard has everyone open because they ended early decision. They want a cookie now I guess. What is their decision on legacy admits? That what I am interested in. You see, blog family, legacy admissions is affirmative action for alums. Peep what Daniel Golden has to say in his new book

In “The Price of Admission,” a delicious account of gross inequities in high places, Daniel Golden tells me that I’ve gotten away cheap. A son of Bill Frist, the Senate majority leader, got into Princeton because the Frist family “had lavished tens of millions of dollars on a new student center” there. Margaret Bass, daughter of the oil magnate Robert Bass, got into Stanford after her old man gave the university $25 million. Jessica Zofnass’s Harvard-educated father endowed a scholarship in environmental studies around the time of her admission. Charles Kushner, a real estate developer who went to jail for witness tampering and illegal campaign contributions, pledged $2.5 million to Harvard — Kushner himself went to N.Y.U. — which did the trick for his son Jared (who recently bought The New York Observer).
Real talk.

And honestly, an institution can only be judged on their policies and their budget, correct.
Harvard may say it accepts 1 in 10 applicants, but, Golden writes, as many as 60 percent of the places in a top school are already spoken for by higher bidders, hence reducing, in the parlance, the “unhooked” applicant’s chances to . . . well, you do the math. Actually, if you do get into a college by merit alone, that may mean there’s something wrong with the college. You don’t want to be in a club that would have you as a member — which is the entire marketing credo of America’s top schools.

So Boom.

What if they killed affirmative action for alums, affirmative action for negroes and adopted
preschool classes.

Hold up, walk with me now because I am on a nice 'lil tear here.

  • If an Ivy League institution adopts a pre-school class (and for that matter every HBCU), similarly to what Oral Lee Brown did in East Oakland California, then the pipe line issue would be solved. There would be MORE CHILDREN WHO BY THE TIME THEY HAVE GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOLS, WOULD HAVE SAT scores, and grades that make them attractive candidates to ALL COLLEGES.
  • The Problem with Affirmative action which I have benefitted from up the ying yang, is that it doesn't address the systematic pipeline issue. However affirmative action presumes that being smart enough will be the key to success. Being smart is only the begining. Its a daily struggle.
  • You have to dodge, early pregnancy, the hood, running with the wrong crowd, running with a cool crowd, that may have a bad seed in it and you STILL get taken out the game. Nay sayers. Family members jealousy. And when you are the FIRST PERSON in your family doing it. It almost seems easier to fly to the moon.
  • American culture downplays the significance of the informational transfer that happens between in a family. Especially when a family member ahead of you, went to college, went to medical school, published a book, played college ball, started a business, bought a house. The list goes on and on. They can pass on WHAT THEY LEARNED TO YOU.
  • In sum, having systematic support from DAY 1 of preschool allows for academic instituion to invest in the neighborhood in the form of investing in that neighborhoods human capital.
Wow. That was a mouth full. I KNOW yall got something to say about this herrre.


BeautyinBaltimore said...

In the documentary "Born Rich" one of the rich kids talked about why he was able to stay at an Ivy legue school even with failing grades. He said that his family gave loads of money to the university.

M.Dot. said...


That Documentary was on point.

I needs to get my netflix back on so I can watch it an analyze it again.

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