September 17, 2014 |
AMERICANS LIKE to believe that our exceptional story was cooked up in the proverbial melting pot. And it's true that we've broadly taken strength from our diversity. But the way we engage our differences has more recently begun to shift. We're more tolerant today than we've ever been, but we're also more likely to wall ourselves off from those who hold opposing points of view. As a result, the latitude to lead lives of our own choosing allows and sometimes compels us to narrow the horizons of our individual experience.
May 13, 2002 |
Colleges are supposed to be havens for free speech and diverse viewpoints, but the chasm between theory and practice is growing wider. Critics of higher education claim that we are less interested in truth than in inculcating correct opinion. Others argue that we foster cultural conformity that borders on indoctrination. While such views are vastly overstated, colleges and universities must practice what we teach. Diversity means different things to different people, and most Americans define the term too narrowly.
February 21, 1994 |
It is easy to remain dry-eyed about the trouble that colleges and universities have brought on themselves from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, one of the non-governmental accrediting agencies approved by the U.S. Education Department. Still, resistance to WASC's political agenda is gratifying because academic freedom matters. WASC, which accredits 140 institutions, mostly in California, wants to use its considerable power - unaccredited institutions lose government funds - to promote racial, ethnic and sexual "diversity" in admissions, faculty hiring and curriculums.
August 15, 2012 |
SEA GIRT, N.J. - New Jersey's top law enforcement officers said Tuesday that efforts to bring in a more diverse new class of state troopers were going well. Applicants on Tuesday took the physical qualification test at the training academy in Sea Girt, a major step toward joining the force. More than 12,000 men and women applied in May when state police started accepting new applications for the first time in more than two years. The plan is to bring in a total of 250 new troopers next year in two academy classes.
June 23, 2005
HAS ANYONE else noticed that virtually every commercial on TV has "one of each" white, black, Hispanic, Asian, elderly, etc.? In the workplace at Fed Ex? One of each. At McDonald's for dinner? One of each. And if it's two guys in a car, one is white and one is black. We get it - we are all supposed to embrace "diversity" as a good thing, even if it means having little in common with the people now around us. But where does it say that every snapshot of human existence must have one of each?
July 2, 1993 |
Two private schools in Chestnut Hill have been awarded grants totaling nearly $800,000 over the next three years to increase the number of minority students and faculty members and to promote diversity on their campuses. The Springside School and Chestnut Hill Academy announced yesterday that they had received the grants from the DeWitt Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund. Springside, a school for girls, was awarded $387,101 while Chestnut Hill Academy, a school for boys, was awarded $382,080.
July 9, 2013
By Catharine B. Hill The Supreme Court's decision in the Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin case finally arrived, with a call for lower courts to now decide whether universities' admissions policies involving race are tailored narrowly enough. A university is to demonstrate, "before turning to racial classifications, that available, workable race-neutral alternatives do not suffice. " In anticipation of this decision, many have been arguing that socioeconomic status, rather than race, can be used as an alternative to effectively support diversity in higher education.
November 3, 1995 |
What is typically hush-hush in Collingswood was the preferred topic of conversation last night as residents and students here began the first community discussion on diversity. Students had previously held such discussions at Collingswood High School while participating on the school's Human Relations Committee, but last night's was the first joint meeting between students and community residents. Moderated by a representative of the Office of Education Opportunity of the New Jersey Department of Education, people talked about racism, classism, sexism, ageism and simply being different.
December 24, 1992
Talk about the risk of rashly raising expectations. Bill Clinton is putting the finishing touches on a Cabinet that will likely be the most diverse ever in terms of race, ethnic group and gender. But that hasn't spared him a testy verbal exchange with feminist activists who have been pressing him to do better. Mr. Clinton grouses that he is being hounded by "bean counters" who are playing "quota games," but he's the one who set the ground rules. By promising a Cabinet that "looks like America," he ensured that his appointments would be simplistically measured against a demographic portrait of the nation.
December 21, 2001 |
The decisions this week of the Cherry Hill Board of Education and the school system's superintendent, Morton Sherman, to abandon efforts to achieve racial balance are wrong - plain and simple. Their defiant instructions to the state Department of Education that Cherry Hill schools will instead intensify efforts to improve academic achievement among minority students should be deemed unacceptable. Unfortunately, the state's initial response - a meek offer to continue working with the district - suggests that the suburban system may be allowed to do whatever it jolly well pleases.