September 25, 2010

Ye gad

John Rosenberg (whom I consider my blog "godfather" for inspiring me to get into blogging) has yet another unintentionally funny essay up about "diversity-mania" in higher education. This time, diversophiles are concerned that "not enough" minorities are signing up for study abroad programs.

Well, rat's bit. Looks like my program back in the mid-80s (in Costa Rica) was in "violation." Of the thirteen of us, there was only one minority (a black male). That's about seven and a half percent. Oh, wait -- since black males make up roughly six percent of the general population, does this mean this group was over-represented in our study abroad program? Or, do we include the total African-American population (approx. 12%) and conclude that this group was under-represented? (Of course, if you know anything about the philosophy of diversophiles, over-representation of minorities isn't of any concern.)

Thus, the continuing inanity of "diversity" and "proportionate representation" rocks on ...

UPDATE: Glenn Reynolds knows: "Itís only a diversity problem if the gap goes the other way. Duh." He said this in reference to the huge gender gap in higher education.

Posted by Hube at September 25, 2010 11:46 AM | TrackBack

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