“Teachers assume they are smart, hard-working, high-achieving and morally deserving, which can boost the grades of academically mediocre Asian American students.”
Everyone is talking about Affirmative Action in higher education this week as the Supreme Court examines the issue due to a case brought by Asian students.
At the New York Times, a sociology professor named Jennifer Lee offered a somewhat stunning take.
“Asian American students who have earned admission to Harvard are smart, promising, and have no doubt worked very hard. But in ways . . . they may have also benefited from their racial status long before they applied,” writes sociology Professor @JLeeSoc. https://t.co/VR5JkgsWcV
— Columbia University (@Columbia) November 1, 2022
Imagine if Columbia said "Jewish students who have earned admission to Harvard are smart, promising, & have no doubt worked very hard. But they may have also benefited from their Jewish status long before they applied"
CACAGNY denounces Columbia's racism. https://t.co/Hlr8NawSl2
— Chinese American Citizens Alliance of Greater NY (@CACAGNY) November 3, 2022
Lee essentially argues that Asian students benefit from bias long before they get to college.
From the NY Times:
Asian American Students Face Bias, but It’s Not What You Might Think
Affirmative action is on trial again. This time, opponents of race-conscious college admission practices are claiming that Asian Americans are hurt by it. The plaintiffs in Students for Fair Admissions Inc. v. President & Fellows of Harvard College, which presented oral arguments before the Supreme Court on Monday, allege that Harvard holds Asian American applicants to higher academic standards and rates them lower than other students on personal characteristics, such as fit, courage and likability. The proposed solution is to abandon race as a factor in admissions decisions.
This approach is based on a fundamental misconception. Asian Americans face bias in education, but not in the direction the plaintiffs claim. Research that I and others have done shows that K-12 teachers and schools may actually give Asian Americans a boost based on assumptions about race. Affirmative action policies currently in place in university admissions do not account for the positive bias that Asian Americans may experience before they apply to college. Abandoning race as a consideration in admissions would further obscure this bias…
In “The Asian American Achievement Paradox,” which I wrote with Min Zhou and is based on 162 interviews of Asian, Hispanic, Black and white adults in Los Angeles, we found that Asian American precollege students benefit from “stereotype promise”: Teachers assume they are smart, hard-working, high-achieving and morally deserving, which can boost the grades of academically mediocre Asian American students.
Professor Jacobson recently spoke about this issue at Cornell.
Here are a few reactions from the Columbia tweet posted above.
Wow. I mean wow. This is coming from the university's official account? And you wonder why anti-Asian hate keeps rising…
— Mimi Reyes (@mimiko_reyes) November 1, 2022
Another Asian academic dumping on Asians. Her book is based on 162 interviews (and not all Asians). While discovery on the Harvard case revealed thousands of Asians got low personal scores for being Asian.
— Yiatin Chu (@ycinnewyork) November 2, 2022
This article is an embarrassment to everybody who ever studied at Columbia.
It's a transparently manipulative strategy for maintaining your anti-Asian admission biases.
(Saying this as an alumnus, CC '87).
— Geoffrey Miller (@primalpoly) November 3, 2022
If this is not racism, I don't know what is..
— Vikram Zutshi (@VikramZutshi) November 3, 2022
I’ve never seen so much concerted effort in the media and academia to justify racism in my lifetime
— RantingKitty (@ranting_kitty) November 2, 2022
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