"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Remedial Racism

Think about how the neocons use language to say the opposite of what they mean, and then ask yourself what this organization could be about: the Center for Educational Opportunity (CEO). Yes, that's right--this outfit has traded in their white robes for law degrees, and they are leading the assault to restore? and extend white rights where they can.

Described by the Center for Media and Democracy as "a small vehemently anti-affirmative action group," CEO needs no burning crosses on the quads of American universites to shake loose millions of dollars that were intended to support minority applicants. All that is needed is a thuggish legal-sounding letter to financial aid offices, and universities begin to roll over. Here's clip from the NY Times story:
"They're all trying to minimize their legal exposure," Susan Sturm, a law professor at Columbia University, said about colleges and universities. "The question is how are they doing that, and are they doing that in a way that's going to shut down any effort or any successful effort to diversify the student body?"

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