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Should the Practice of Legacy College Admissions End

Discussion in 'News & Current Events' started by SummerMadness, Sep 7, 2019.

  1. SummerMadness

    SummerMadness Senior Veteran

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    End Legacy College Admissions
    Affirmative action != unqualified, so I think the application of the term here is off, but on the subject of legacy admissions (topic of this thread), the practice should be ended. However, there are some issues like donors/maintaining endowment via legacy admissions. Should that be a motivating factor for accepting students?
     
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  2. JIMINZ

    JIMINZ Well-Known Member

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    If you went to Harvard, would you like for you kids to be able to go there also, and because you did go there to have a foot up over some kid who didn't have a Parent attend that school?

    You are a Christian, do you believe it is fair that your child has a greater chance of becoming saved themselves over the kid that was raised in a home without God or Jewish or Muslim?
     
  3. Ana the Ist

    Ana the Ist Aggressively serene!

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    I always looked at legacy admissions as a sort of necessary evil.
     
  4. SummerMadness

    SummerMadness Senior Veteran

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    That is the discussion of the thread. Do you believe that? One argument has been about endowments and charitable giving by alumni; however, the data does not appear to support this argument.
     
  5. Moral Orel

    Moral Orel Proud Citizen of Moralton Supporter

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    Necessary for what?
     
  6. Tom Farebrother

    Tom Farebrother Optimistic sceptic Supporter

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    Necessary for what reason?
     
  7. Desk trauma

    Desk trauma Atheist Capitalist Supporter

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    Alumni donations.
     
  8. Moral Orel

    Moral Orel Proud Citizen of Moralton Supporter

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    But that only means that bribing your way into admission would be a necessary evil, it doesn't have to be alumni being the ones donating.
     
  9. Desk trauma

    Desk trauma Atheist Capitalist Supporter

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    Alumni are the only ones whose kids are eligible for legacy slots.
     
  10. Moral Orel

    Moral Orel Proud Citizen of Moralton Supporter

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    So? If there was no such thing as legacy slots, you don't think people could bribe (donate) their way into getting admissions for their kids?
     
  11. Ana the Ist

    Ana the Ist Aggressively serene!

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    Good schools?

    It may sound farfetched...but education can be privatized. If, for example, we make education completely merit based ....the top 0.0001% of earners could make their own schools and they would have the money for the best teachers, best equipment, best everything. They could, arguably, make it so they and only those they choose get all of the best educational opportunities.

    Any other college would inevitably lose their best professors to the wealthy.
     
  12. Ana the Ist

    Ana the Ist Aggressively serene!

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    That too.
     
  13. Moral Orel

    Moral Orel Proud Citizen of Moralton Supporter

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    ?????
    If education was merit based, the richest folk would be free to put together the best schools, sure, and then the best students would go there, not just whoever "they" choose. And isn't this what the Ivy League is already? Best professors, best equipment, best facilities, etc...
     
  14. Ana the Ist

    Ana the Ist Aggressively serene!

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    Sorry....I meant if we made public education "merit based".
     
  15. Emmylouwho

    Emmylouwho Active Member

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    I am new to this this venue, but how can evil be a necessity on a Christian forum?
     
  16. Ana the Ist

    Ana the Ist Aggressively serene!

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    I take it you're a Christian?
     
  17. Trogdor the Burninator

    Trogdor the Burninator Senior Veteran

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    Like football scholarships and guns on campus, just add it to the list of things I don't understand about American universities.
     
  18. Dave-W

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    Isn't that what got a bunch of Hollywood elites in big trouble? Like Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin.
     
  19. durangodawood

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    The college experience is simply not complete without attending class in a building with your own last name on it.
     
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