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The Chosen: The Hidden History of Admission and Exclusion at Harvard,…
by Jerome Karabel
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Try at all costs to avoid being white and male because you are screwed if you want in at the Ivy League - only about 40% of students at Harvard are white and - get this - hidden within that percentage are Jews who are about 70% of that 40% of whites which means, just as predicted by the Ivy League administrations back in (circa) the 1920s, Jews, who are currently the presidents of every Ivy League University, have essentially eliminated the people who conceived, created and funded those institutions. Oy vey. ( )
"It is no exaggeration to say that the current regime in elite college admissions has been far more successful in democratizing anxiety than opportunity."
Its hardest to get in to these universities if you are a totally brilliant middle class white kid and being Jewish can be a minus point (over-represented according to some recruiters, this also is beginning to apply to Asians). Its easier if you are from a poor or really rich background or are a top notch athlete. Easier still if you are Native American or are of other under-represented ethnic minority. If you happen to be at least part Carib Indian, brought up in the islands, a pretty damn good athlete and have American nationality you will be considered an absolute prize to the Ivy Leagues seeking to show their diversity. So my friend's daughter has her pick of the big three if she chooses that route.
No system is free of bias and without doubt these schools select for rich white kids, especially the children or relatives of alumni, politicians and notables and the very wealthy. But at least they have sizeable minorities of kids from normal backgrounds these days. Maybe one day selection will be done by computers on grades and various other attributes like athleticism, talents and ambitions and have nothing whatsover to do with the parents background whether ethnic or economic. One can but hope.
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A landmark, revelatory history of admissions from 1900 to today--and how it shaped a nation The competition for a spot in the Ivy League--widely considered the ticket to success--is fierce and getting fiercer. But the admissions policies of elite universities have long been both tightly controlled and shrouded in secrecy. In The Chosen, the Berkeley sociologist Jerome Karabel lifts the veil on a century of admission and exclusion at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton. How did the policies of our elite schools evolve? Whom have they let in and why? And what do those policies say about America? A grand narrative brimming with insights, The Chosen provides a lens through which to examine some of the main events and movements of America in the twentieth century--from immigration restriction and the Great Depression to the dropping of the atomic bomb and the launching of Sputnik, from the Cold War to the triumph of the market ethos. Many of Karabel's findings are astonishing: the admission of blacks into the Ivy League wasn't an idealistic response to the civil rights movement but a fearful reaction to inner-city riots; Yale and Princeton decided to accept women only after realizing that they were losing men to colleges (such as Harvard and Stanford) that had begun accepting "the second sex"; Harvard had a systematic quota on "intellectuals" until quite recently; and discrimination against Asian Americans in the 1980s mirrored the treatment of Jews earlier in the century. Drawing on decades of meticulous research, Karabel shines a light on the ever-changing definition of "merit" in college admissions, showing how it shaped--and was shaped by--the country at large. Full of colorful characters, from FDR and Woodrow Wilson to Kingman Brewster and Archibald Cox, The Chosen charts the century-long battle over opportunity--and offers a new and deeply original perspective on American history.
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