AFFIRMATIVE ACTION: A Problem or a Remedy? by JoAnn Bren Guernsey

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION: A Problem or a Remedy?

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This thought-provoking addition to the Pro/Con series discusses affirmative-action policy in the US today. After defining affirmative action--a ""term used to describe techniques to remedy the effects of existing and past discrimination and to end such discrimination""--the author aptly explores not only the goals and rationale behind the concept, but also the controversies and problems resulting from its implementation. Readers will struggle with the complexities of the policy and especially the paradox of affirmative action in practice--how ""preferential treatment has often led to resentment and condescension,"" as well as instances of ""misplacement,"" e.g., when those given preferential treatment to attend top academic schools experience ""academic struggle, battered self-esteem, and ultimately a high dropout rate."" This is a balanced view of competing worthwhile values: the redressing of historical wrongs, while attempting to treat everyone the same.

Pub Date: Feb. 2nd, 1998
Page count: 112pp
Publisher: Lerner