Sunday, December 11, 2005

Women and Minority Representation

NP - Coheed and Cambria - Willing Well IV: The Final Cut

Always an important issue: to what extent should women and minorities be guaranteed representation? By that I'm talking about, for example, government policies that require a certain number of jobs to be held by women, or places reserved for minorities in universities (the policy is just the opposite in Oman when it comes to minorities, but thats a different story). The question is, by putting a quota, i.e. at least so-and-so many minorities must have places in a certain university, do you solve the problem? Or is it just a superficial measure thats just for show?

Its very possible that, due to this policy, a very intelligent non-minority individual does not get the job because a less intelligent minority person got it, which is hardly fair. On the other hand, if minorities are not guaranteed places, then those less financially sound have less chances to get into universities and such, even if they truly deserve to.

Theres no easy answers here. What do you guys think is the best way to deal with this problem? (note: try not to think of Oman as the place in question, because things there work somewhat differently, as mentioned)

Posted by illogicist at 10:27 AM


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