Saturday, October 22, 2005

Jews and Admissions Decisions

Really interesting article by Malcolm Gladwell in the New Yorker on how the Ivy League admissions decisions got how they are. Specifically, it notes how much of the current emphasis on "character" was designed specifically to reduce the amount of Jews on campus. A stellar example of how prevailing standards of "merit" are actually constructions to aid certain persons at the expense of others.

Link via Phoebe Maltz.

1 comment:

Isaac said...

But those of us who benefit from said constructions will claim that we have finally achieved a truly modern and just notion of "merit." Which is, sort of, what I think. Yet I cannot in any way shape or form defend that position because it is indefensible and lacks dramatic amounts of social awareness.