“The mismatch argument is flawed because it assumes under-prepared black students will opt to fail instead of push to succeed. Ultimately, I wonder what proponents are actually trying to protect: a system that includes black students who are like I was, or a status quo that keeps them out?”
“The reality for educators is that our students need our help in becoming more tolerant or open-minded. My students in this class saw anti-Semitism within a much larger history of human intolerance and, hopefully, will take that knowledge and perspective into their futures.”
The SPLC does a lot of important work in both legal challenges and education. While the focus on tolerance is sometimes criticized (we need more than just tolerance of other perspectives… respect, for example), this is a great example of how an instructor can link historical topics related to intolerance, racism, and genocide.
Popular media characters and plot lines do have an impact on how we construct our own identities. Here’s a thoughtful reflection of that on TV and in life:
“The higher education system is more and more complicit as a passive agent in the systematic reproduction of white racial privilege across generations. This report analyzes enrollment trends at 4,400 postsecondary institutions by race and institutional selectivity over the past 15 years.
Since 1995, 82 percent of new white enrollments have gone to the 468 most selective colleges, while 72 percent of new Hispanic enrollment and 68 percent of new African-American enrollment have gone to the two-year open-access schools.”
- Report: Higher Education Creates ‘White Racial Privilege’ (usnews.com)
- Commentary: Are America’s Colleges “Separate But Unequal”? (bet.com)
- The Best New Argument for Affirmative Action (theatlantic.com)
- College enrollment on the rise for Latinos – does it bridge the gap? (voxxi.com)
- ‘Separate And Unequal’: Racial Divides In Higher Ed (npr.org)
- Demographic change amplifying racial inequities (news.yahoo.com)
- U.S. Higher-Education System Perpetuates White Privilege, Report Says (chronicle.com)