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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

America's Money-Addicted and Legacy-Loving Universities

Jason Stanley has posted a link to this very interesting article from the Economist over at the Leiter Reports. The article is a review of Daniel Golden's book The Price of Admission: How America's Ruling Class Buys Its Way into Elite Colleges - and Who Gets Left Outside the Gates. As the article reports, Golden's book draws attention to the fact that in many cases students are admitted into elite universities, not because of their intellectual abilities, but because they happen to be related to (in)famous politicians, rich alumni, or other "legacies". The article also points out that poor whites and members of minority groups are frequently "held to higher standards" than the sons and daughters of the "legacies".

1 comment:

Varol Akman said...

May I take this opportunity to plug -- as if he needs plugging -- a recent book by the inimitable Tom Wolfe: I AM CHARLOTTE SIMMONS. The book is about a bright poor white admitted to an elite American university. It is an extraordinary novel.