What’s the problem?
A recent New York Times analysis found that fewer black and Hispanic students are at elite colleges compared with 35 years ago – despite “decades of affirmative action.”
Black students make up 15 percent of 18-year-olds but just 6 percent of freshmen at elite colleges, while Hispanic students constitute 22 percent of the 18-year-old population and only 13 percent of incoming students at these particular schools.
How do progressives want to fix this?
Affirmative action hasn’t done enough, so it’s time to “blow up the system” of admissions, Georgetown law professor Sheryll Cashin told the Times. She proposed ending the practice of looking at standardized test scores as part of the admissions process.
Diversity efforts aren’t working, and “this is a crisis for progressives,” Glenn said on Wednesday’s “The Glenn Beck Radio Program.”
But their “crisis” could become a problem for everyone else if colleges throw out any kind of measurement for admitting students.
“Do you want these people graduating from colleges like this building airplanes that you’re going to fly in?” Glenn asked. “Because I don’t.”
EDITOR'S NOTE: This article provided courtesy of TheBlaze.
This is a rush transcript and may contain errors.
GLENN: What is the point of diversity? Seriously. I mean, diversity for diversity’s sake is absolutely meaningless. For college campuses, the educational system here in America — let me rephrase that. America’s educational industry, diversity is very meaningful. Apparently, diversity in American elite colleges, however, is in jeopardy.
According to the New York Times, 15 percent of American 18-year-olds were black, and 22 percent Hispanic in 2015. Yet, college freshmen at elite colleges were only 6 percent black and 13 percent Hispanic. And those numbers were lower than they were in 1980.
Now, this is a crisis for progressives. The New York Times say these colleges need to go above and beyond affirmative action and fix this problem. We need more than affirmative action.
A Georgetown law professor says elite colleges will only reflect America’s overall diversity when colleges blow up the system of admissions.
They even propose that colleges stop using standardized test scores. I mean, we can’t test people. Do you — do you — do you want these people graduating from colleges like this, building airplanes that you’re going to fly in? Because I am just saying.
I like a standard — can I see your test scores, please? We have to stop with the diversity hand-wringing. Affirmative action is inherently unfair. And perhaps it started with good intentions. But like most progressive ideas, it’s imploded.
How about an admissions system that is simply merit-based? I don’t care about the color of your skin. I don’t care! I don’t care what you call yourself. I don’t care what gender you — I don’t care if you think you’re a space alien.
What have you been doing? Show me your work. That’s it. Is it too much to ask?
Maybe it’s also time to look at how much we’re paying for an education. College is now insanely expensive. Insanely.
Even though our elite colleges have endowments that are worth billions of dollars, all tax-exempt, tuition is more expensive than ever and goes up about 41 percent over the last few years. Why? Because college is big business. And progressivism and affirmative action are all part of the game.