I am currently taking a course, Economics and Urban/Minority Ed, here at TC with Professor Francisco Rivera-Batiz. So far, most of the first class sessions have focused on defining what and who constitutes urban and minority. The focused switched drastically in class last week where we had a spirited discussion around how public schools should achieve diversity. As I expected, we all agreed that diversity is important to one’s education, especially in our increasingly globalized world, but we were split on what role race based policies such as affirmative action should play in achieving this diversity.
The class discussion seemed timely considering the US Supreme Court is set to rule on an affirmative action case that could potentially have huge ramifications for how public universities treat its minority applicants. Bismark recently blogged about other factors used by colleges in their admissions process for minority applicants.