Location: Halstead, Kansas, United States

This is my seventh year at Halstead which is also where I live with my wife and my soon to be two year old daughter.

Saturday, March 04, 2006


Affirmative action has become one controversial issue that has derived from the civil rights movement of the mid-twentieth century. It is an important issue and case that is not only debated today but it is also greatly misunderstood. It is also an issue that will most certainly be revisited by future courts. With a controversial subject like affirmative action, I think the information that students need to know is a little bit different than other issues. Based on my years in the classroom, there are many students who have narrow minded opinions based on emotions instead of facts. This means that before looking at any opinions about this case we would first go over a lot of facts and ideas. One essential idea would be the difference between equality and substantive equality. Another important idea to acknowledge before forming opinions is the “compelling interest of diversity” and how important it is in the educational environment. From there, students could start to use their knowledge of civil rights to discuss what the purpose of the UCD program was and why Allan Bakke saw it as an unconstitutional quota system. As far as the recent cases dealing with affirmative action it would be interesting to discuss if there are any similarities between the UCD program and the “twenty five” year references made by Sandra Day O’Conner, Atonin Scalia and Clearance Thomas.


Blogger Darren said...

John at Discriminations talks about affirmative action all the time. You might enjoy his perspective, which is always based on logic and not emotion, whether you agree with him or not.

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