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UConn Medical School Suspending Honor Society Over Fear That Merit-Based Criteria is Racist

UConn Medical School Suspending Honor Society Over Fear That Merit-Based Criteria is Racist

“If we are going to directly address issues of social injustice, we should not continue biased practices while we make the overall decision on the future”

The suspension is just the first step. They are currently considering shutting the whole thing down for good.

The Washington Free Beacon reports:

UConn Med. School May Shutter Honor Society Amid Diversity Feud

The University of Connecticut School of Medicine is suspending nominations to its honor society and is considering getting rid of its chapter entirely amid fears that the merit-based criteria for membership are racist, the Washington Free Beacon has learned.

UConn’s chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha, the national honor society of medical schools across the United States, was established just last year. But the young group is already considering closure amid fierce campus debate over the criteria for admissions, which some argue are racially biased.

Five members of the UConn faculty made the announcement in an email sent Friday and obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. According to the email, the board of the UConn chapter is temporarily suspending admissions as it considers whether or not to disband itself. The decision is backed, the letter says, by the school’s dean.

“If we are going to directly address issues of social injustice, we should not continue biased practices while we make the overall decision on the future of the AΩA chapter,” the letter says.

Leaders of many elite institutions now say that a merit-based admissions policy may lead to unacceptable racially unequal outcomes. The New York Times, for example, recently published an op-ed arguing for ending blind auditions in America’s orchestras. Such moves indicate an overturning of decades of consensus that neutral meritocratic standards foster racial diversity and signal an institutional shift towards explicit racial quotas.

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Comments

The Friendly Grizzly | July 21, 2020 at 12:22 pm

Another example of saying “we don’t think [grievance group] can stand on their own merits.

Of course, because who would want to have a doctor who thinks merit counts? Why, then they might actually even try hard! And we can’t have that!

Paging Dr Galt! Paging Dr Galt!

That’s sure to attract … the mediocre.

johnnycab23513 | July 21, 2020 at 4:36 pm

Affirmative(?) action run amock!

Wow! I’m going to begin looking more closely at my doctors’ degrees!

    herm2416 in reply to herm2416. | July 21, 2020 at 8:01 pm

    No small irony, these dreadful new side pop-ups, the ad was for medical school in Aruba.
    Nope, nope, nope. Third world country outside of the resort areas.

What nonsense! If merit awards based on academic achievement are racially biased than aren’t they saying blacks are less intelligent? Isn’t it racist to eliminate merit awards. I am confused.

I DEMAND the NBA and NFL field teams that “look like America.”

Old Navy Doc | July 22, 2020 at 9:44 am

Good God! U Conn Med School might as well just hand out “Participation Trophies” to their students. Excellent way to attract mediocrity.
Another fine example of discouraging excellence like Prof Jacobson noted with orchestra auditions.
We need the EEOC to enforce a “Harrison Bergeron Regulation”.

(did I just see an aerial porcine?)

When will MENSA be declared racist? And will the demand come from inside or outside?

If merit-based criteria are racist then doesn’t that imply that IQ is real? Yet, aren’t the same people telling us that IQ isn’t real and is only a result of biased tests and racist inference? I’m confused, help!

Albigensian | July 24, 2020 at 2:52 pm

This sounds like that old joke, “What do you call the student who graduated at the very bottom of his medical school class?”

Answer: You call that student, “Doctor.”

Nonetheless, one need not know all that much about medicine to realize that talent and skill varies enormously among licensed physicians practicing in the USA.

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