We have a "Girls Go Science" day where we bring in women from the more scientific fields to encourage more girls to pursue these fields academically. Is this discrimination against guys? No. It is still not a level playing field out there, if it were our politicians/decision makers would be a LOT more diverse. Like promote like. If you are a bilingual hispanic who doesn't happen to play golf you are less likely to be promoted to manager than your white/male counterpart who can smooze with the boss. And with more like-minded individuals being the ones promoted onto corporate boards, you don't get positive change you just end up with more yes men. Until that "corporate board" can appreciate diversity enough to bring in different mindsets to the table than there remains an uphill struggle. Do you honestly think it would take so many tries to get the Violence against Women's Act passed if D.C. was evenly split between men and women?
Due to constant discrimination of minorities throughout history, certain people were not given the same advantages as others. Therefore, it is only fair that minorities are given advantages now, so the playing field can be leveled. Also, I believe "positive discrimination" is a poor term for "affirmative action", and it should not be used.
I believe that there is a clear difference between positive discrimination and negative discrimination. With positive discrimination, you are able to choose for yourself who you will associate with as friends. With negative discrimination, you essentially harbor ill feelings or harmful emotions towards others where you might find out later on that you were in the wrong for even acting negatively towards another. However, since this is about universities positively discriminating to increase diversity, the whole diversity issue should be looked at in views of educational diversity based upon the merits of the individual student[s] not based on race, culture or ethnicity. There is a lot of misunderstanding going on this country about discrimination. I believe the real question should be asked is is this a question of discrimination or prejudice?
The academy provides a setting for scholarly discourse. That discourse is fuller, more complete, and has more opportunities for the academic growth of all students if the population is culturally and ethnically diverse. It is in everyone's best interests to have this diverse community of intellectual discourse. Therefore positive discrimination can be very helpful in creating this community.
It's useful for both students and collage. Students will exposed to different culture, perspectives and social experiences. Universities strengthen the educational experience they provide. Maysa dallaseh
Viewing positive discrimination as: having open positions JUST for people of a minority at university, perhaps even lowering the qualifying entrance scores.
Qualifications are what enable you to get into a university. People work hard; spending years for these qualifications.
Identity (gender, ethnicity etc) is basically unnecessary to your academic/sport achievements & university placement in terms of equality [living by the same rules as others].
To promote more equal distribution of gender/race etc, we should use media promotion instead of having specific positions for unqualified specials.
More male nurses/female rocket scientists needed? Dispel the notion of only certain genders able to perform a job: Advertising and encouraging is the answer.
If there are waayyyyy more white people in the us than a different race shouldn't it only be logical that there are more white people in college when you don't bother to look at ratios compared to the whole? And if "diversity" is what you want why wouldn't those scholarships go to the international students who truly represent the targeted diversity that colleges think is simply displayed by a skin color? If you are going to call somebody out on their race doesn't that just encourage the idea that we are different and district simply upon our race? How can you identify if somebody deserves a job or scholarship based on their skin color while still trying to have the population maintain the idea that we should all be looked at as the same regardless of race? Being born here we are Americans and often times too far removed from our ancestry to offer that we provide the certain type of diversity colleges claim to be looking for.
Hand feeding people is not going to fix anything. We should all be assessed equally when it comes to scholarships and university entrance. Giving the Maori or Pacific Island students special criteria is in my eyes completely racist towards non-Maori and PI! If there were Chinese, European or Indian scholarships there would be an uproar!
I completely fail to see how 'positive' this discrimination is in any way. No-one should be able to attend university just because they're a certain minority. It's completely unfair to the students worked very hard to get into university. Everyone - and I mean everyone - should be subject to the same rules.
There are students with a great academic standing that deserve to be admitted but many will lose that chance because of a simple requirement. A requirement that is completely unnecessary. This is just showing how different races interact and that is not the purpose of any education. The main purpose is to help students push forward in life and become something.
I believe that we should focus on the academic competence of a student but not his race nor his gender. The school needs to pick up the qualified student for the purpose of education. There's no need to guarantee the "diversity" in order to show that discrimination doesn't exist. We're in a school, not a biological laboratory.
He is more qualified than you but we ned black people and you're black so you're in. All educational institution should only focus on academics!
In a poll of classmates my senior year in high school, 29/30 students said affirmative action should be abolished in terms of college admissions. The issue is largely rich versus poor, but it is instead framed as a race debate. There's already a large segregation with a "diverse" population at universities, and to deny that would be to fill quotas.
I believe in equality of opportunity and, as such, I find it hard to swallow that someone is accepted into a university, when their transcripts and extracurricular activities should not qualify them. I go to a diverse public university, and understand the reasoning for doing it this way, but find it unfair for the person who doesn't get accepted, because there isn't enough room because of this.
It should not matter whether a student is a specific race, ethnicity, gender or social class. They should only get accepted to a university based on their academic or athletic merits. Just because specific minority groups are under-represented at a university, it does not mean they should get priority enrollment. They need to have the academics to back it up, and then they should get accepted, without looking at their gender, race, or ethnicity.
I get so sick and tired of hearing about discrimination. In my opinion, the matter could be put to rest, if people would stop using it as an excuse for their own needs. Everyone has the same rights in this country and, in my opinion, when programs are put into place for a certain race, then it is discrimination, because it does not allow everyone the same opportunity. How is it still not discrimination when a program only allows one particular race?
whether it is good discrimination or bad discrimination, its still discrimination and having that sort of thing at universities wont help it because it will be considered to be truly bad and no university wants a bad reputations from something that was taken wrong, so whether bad or good, it shouldnt be allowed
If anyone is openly allowed to discriminate, for any reason, it defies all laws and regulations against such a thing. If a school is an a prominently white, Mexican, or an area where mostly African-Americans live, then of course those schools may have more of that race enrolled there. To discriminate against a race which may be local, just to diversify your university, is ridiculous. Imagine how one would feel, if they thought they only got into a university because they are the "token white guy" or the "token Mexican". It is absurd. People worry so much about diversity, when instead they should just deal with the applications they have and pick the best ones, period.
Discrimination of any kind is wrong whether it be positive or negative. Universities should embrace all cultures just as we as Americans must. This country was made up of many cultures and groups and we must not forget that. If universities were to start discriminating it would set a bad example, and who is to say where it will stop.
The only criteria that should apply to universities is universality. All people should be admitted without any discrimination other than intellectual. And I mean all people. This includes left-handers, blondes, blue-eyed, women, tall people and all others who differ only in their genetic make-up.
Students of all kinds should be admitted on standards of qualification, not on what they look like. Creating diversity is far from a negative thing but when a student can be eliminated from a farther education because of it, it makes the process a little more difficult to support.
I don't believe there is a such thing as "positive discrimination". Discrimination is a negative attitude and I don't see in any way that it would be considered positive. Discrimination within a university or anywhere else for that matter has been proven to segregate people from each other based on certain beliefs or cultures. Universities should teach students to act together and be unified.
There is no such thing as "positive discrimination." Universities do not need to resort to racism to increase diversity. The university staff should be able to come up with a more positive, less racist way to increase diversity.
I am against positive discrimination being used in the university admission system. I think that all students should be considered equally and those who meet the academic standards as relate to SAT scores and grade point average should get the benefit of their achievements. It seems that positive discrimination is an anti-equality policy since I believe that equality means that we are all considered under the same rules.
No, I totally disagree that positive discrimination is a good way for universities to increase diversity. Any discrimination only creates racism and barriers in the smooth flow of any society, organization or any nation. I feel that universities are places of learning, so there should not be any kind of discrimination.
Rather than change the rules to rectify a perceived injustice, universities should create admission policies that are neutral, giving everyone the same chance to gain admittance. Once you've changed the rules to favor one group over another, there's no end. Every group will demand special treatment, further distorting the admission process. People should be admitted to college based on their ability to do the work and their desire to complete the program and obtain a degree, not because they're a member of one group or another.
Discrimination is bad a person should not be judge based on their race, gender or ethnicity background. Am a black female attending high school a junior and I see how people treat me just because am black.
If minors get a worse education, their elementary and secondary schools should be improved. If people with low income cannot get enough education to make it into university, again, their schools should be improved. Imagining that a student with little experience in studying is going to magically start in university is ridiculous. They can go to community college first. Putting a band aid on the result only adds fuel to the fire. Quick fixes do not work in the long run. This is a quick fix to make people feel better. Try this out: ask a black friend if he got into university because he is black. What kind of answer do you think that disrespectful question will get? If you can't ask that kind of question in polite society, maybe you shouldn't be supporting a policy that begs that question.