Monday, November 19, 2018

Columnist George Will backs EF's View

Will is called "perhaps the most powerful journalist in America" by WSJ
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   George Will's view of what went down at the Boston Harvard Trial

      Two days ago, George Will published a long column on Harvard's Boston trial. His last paragraph summed up what he thought really happened: "Harvard's problem today is .... The optimum result of the court case might already be occurring voluntarily, prudential adjustments of elite university practices to forestall government interventions that would serve shifting agendas of various constituents."

"The adjustments would include admissions policies more 
welcoming to  academic excellence regardless of other attributes
of those who manifest it, and regarding the felt injustices that
inevitably accompany admission disparities produced by preferences, however benignly intended."

 What are the adjustments that George Will is referring to?

      The adjustments are, as reported to you by 80-20 EF 2 weeks ago.

(1)  A month before the trial, for the very first time Harvard issued a written statement to its admissions officers stating that "an applicant's race or ethnicity should not be considered in assigning the personal rating," and
(2) A new guideline, applied to next year's applicants, that stated: "It is important to keep in mind that characteristics not always synonymous to extroversion are similarly valued.  Applicants who seem to be particularly reflective, insightful, and/or dedicated should receive higher personal ratings as well."
     Both changes are commonly seen as being more fair to AsAm applicants. Recall that AsAms got rated the lowest of all races in the "personality rating" and many AsAms are perceived to be more introverted.  Note the timing of these changes - shortly before the trial began."

             Does EF agree with everything that George Will stated?

     No!  EF certainly doesn't agree that Harvard made those 2 changes "voluntarily" and its earlier discriminatory practices against AsAm applicants were "benignly intended".  

    Fellow AsAms: The establishment never yields, unless forced to do so. We must remember that. Otherwise, we'll never gain equal opportunity. Too many of us are too readily siding with the establishment which George Will represents. I could easily join the establishment for personal advancement and comfort but I choose to side with YOU! Indeed, I am honored to be with YOU.

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