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Title

Tricks, lies, frauds and misguided good intentions: Examining the labyrinth of affirmative action/diversity

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Affirmative action/diversity, African American, Biophysical, Broad ecological influences, Civil rights, Color-blind, Gifted and mildly mentally retarded children, Head Start and No Child Left Behind, Hispanic, NAACP, Standardized tests, Title I, Tracking: international competitiveness, Victimization, Whites

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Social, Political, and Economic Studies

Volume

36

Issue

4

First Page

403

Last Page

420

Abstract

Over the past six decades, affirmative action/diversity initiatives have imposed racial proportionality in virtually every domain of American life, from preschool programming to employment in American workplaces. This paper is essentially based around Steven Farron's persuasive evidence that ethnic-based enterprises - typically endorsed uncritically by institutions which have seemingly lost their historic societal bearings - have proven not only nonhelpful, but counterproductive. Throughout, empirical evidence of Farron and other investigators focuses on two primary misconceptions underlying failure of programs which deemphasized color-blind equality: that standardized tests lack predictive validity and that efforts to implement racial proportionality can ignore the impact of biophysical and broad ecological forces.

Original Publication Date

12-1-2011

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