Bilbo, I wasn't talking about altruism. I was talking about empathy, the willingness to try and put yourself in another person's shoes. Anger about being treated unfairly is a doorway to understanding how others might feel if they are treated unfairly, not just on occasion but in a systemic way.
Bilbo, you believe you were kept out of UHS because of affirmative action, which may or may not be true, I don't know. You say it filled you with "intense hatred of UHS."
Have you ever considered what it might feel like to be a member of a minority group which is discriminated against regularly and seeing yourself, your friends and your family passed over for opportunities all of you might have had if you were white? You might feel "intense hatred" of any number of things because of it.
I'm not talking about a single instance of missed opportunity, or only your own personal problems in that area. If you feel that your parents were denied opportunities which would have been theirs if the playing field were level and that lack of opportunity for them meant economic and personal pain for them and a lower quality of life for you, and you see the same lack of opportunities carried forward to you and other members of your generation, wouldn't you feel a generalized "intense hatred" toward that inequity? Might you even feel it would take a few extra opportunities for you to reach anything near equal opportunity in society given the indignities and lack of opportunity you and others in your group have suffered?
Sean Arce, thanks for the correction, or addition, to what I wrote. My lack of inclusion of the Mexicano/Chicano community in my summary of the KKK's activities (especially glaring given the comparison Huppenthal made) is another example of why we need strong ethnic studies programs.
Interesting discussion going on here. I'm going to have to write a follow up post when I get a chance.
The question is, will broadening the admission requirements lower the academic standing of the school? The answer, I think, is no, and absolutely. Simultaneously. It needn't make the experience of the individual student any less rich academically, and it might actually add breadth and depth to the experience. But it may lower the overall academic ranking for UHS because some of the new students may be lower achievers than the current student body. To which I say, great! If students have to struggle to meet the school's high standards, and are willing to struggle to keep up, isn't that a good thing for them and for the greater community, even if they don't do as well in their AP classes or on their standardized tests? The purpose of the school isn't to make the top 10 on the U.S. News & World Report standings. It's to provide an excellent education for students who are capable and hard working enough to rise to the challenge. (Within limits), the more the merrier!
Fraser, as a matter of fact, I take Wikipedia seriously. I would never use it for my sole source, but the information is often solid and, like a good encyclopedia, condensed and easy to follow. And it has helpful footnotes at the end. When I check with other sources, I rarely find any important discrepancies.
A few years back, some people sampled Wikipedia pages for errors, then sampled standard encyclopedias for errors. They came out pretty close to equal.
Because of the value of Wikipedia as a first stop (but certainly not the only stop) for general information on a subject, the kind of self serving editing Huppenthal indulged in -- other politicians and public figures are often guilty of similar activity -- is important. It should be pointed out and frowned upon.
safety1, see my recent post, "In Which I Discuss The Nature Of Blogging" (http://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/archi…).
Fraser, look back on my posts on The Range and on Blog for Arizona. I write a lot about education, but I write on other topics as well.
Accepted gladly and gratefully, Gonzo. Let's disagree, absolutely. Let's keep one another honest, and let's try to use the variety of intelligent, informed opinions to help us all understand the length, breadth and depth of these complex issues. But when there are misunderstandings, let's clear them up rather than arguing over nothing. (On the other hand, your comment and a few others led me to write my post about the nature of blogging, which I thoroughly enjoyed writing, so I consider it a net plus.)
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