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Frank Bruni’s article, “How and Why You Diversify Colleges?” (2016) suggests the idea that elite colleges are not taking into account that the children born into a lower socioeconomic status are not gifted with the same resources as a child from the upper and middle socioeconomic classes. The resources he is referring to allow the upper and middle class students to stand out of the crowd during college admissions. Bruni backs up his article by quoting the executive director of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundations on the percentages of racial diversity in competitive colleges as well as supplying data from reliable websites such as The Time’s College Access Index. The Time’s College Access Index is a chart that measures a large quantity of the top colleges and their attempts toward diversifying their universities. It is measured by the grants received, graduation rates and how much each low income student pays for tuition. Bruni mainly tries to focus on the fact that so many colleges today are not catering to students of different races and social classes, but only to the elite and their alumni’s children. The authors main intended audience is directed towards colleges across the nation that are not pushing hard enough to make education more attainable. Bruni shows appreciation towards Amherst College by listing some of the things they have done to bring more diversity to their school such as making sure financial needs are met for every student. By Bruni giving his intended audience a couple of examples of how diversity can be easily brought onto a college campus will hopefully spark a push for other universities to open their doors even wider then before.

It is hard not to agree with Bruni’s article. Reason number one is because his argument is clearly backed by straight facts. Elite colleges are still acting like it is the 50’s. Many, not all, but most still favor taking in the wealthiest kids from the best backgrounds. By taking in name brand kids allows the school to have this essence or appearance that it is above all in academics and holds a high standard on its attendance of people. It makes me wonder, if a school is unwilling to bring in intelligent lower class young adults into their school system does that really make them an elite school? In my opinion I believe that an elite school is a university that collects all sorts of people that come from different backgrounds because in the end they are the ones that will be contributing more to the other students as well as being the most equipped in understanding the world around them. Most children grow up inheriting their parents opinions on political issues, health, emotions and so on. If we keep sending the alumni’s children to the same school with similar people to themselves our country will never accomplish anything! The same thoughts, ideas, opinions inventions will be recreated in different ways, constantly being recycled because nothing or no one new came along.

-Amanda Houston

Bruni, Frank . “How and Why You Diversify Colleges.” The New York Times, 14 May 2016, https://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/15/opinion/sunday/how-and-why-you-diversify-colleges.htmlAccessed 1 Feb 2017.

URL: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/15/opinion/sunday/how-and-why-you-diversify-colleges.html

Religion vs. Diversity

    In Anthony Esolen’s article, “My College Succumbed to the Totalitarian Diversity Cult” (2016), asserts his belief that Catholic Colleges should not revise their religious beliefs or educational teachings on their campuses for an incoming diverse crowd of students. Esolen backs up his claim with anecdotes from the bible. He continuously talks about his thoughts and ideas by preaching about the Catholic Church and how people who worship the same Church and God should not have to incorporate new ideals of others when attending Providence College (the university Esolen teaches at). Esolen’s main purpose of writing this piece is to persuade the reader in order to make his audience succumb to his beliefs and come to an understanding that a college made for Catholics should not open their doors to people who have different beliefs because it goes against certain aspects they believe in. Esolen is writing to an audience that believes in diversity and multiculturalism. Not only is this article directed towards those people, but to the people who do not understand the power of the Catholic Church and the importance it withholds in people’s lives. This article contains a lot of questions for the reader to answer. These questions are directed towards his audience thoughts on what is right and what is wrong.
     Today, in my opinion most people are pulling away from religion and utilizing their Sunday’s for sleeping in instead of worshiping. However, there is still a vast majority of people who attend Sunday service in respect for their church and God. I understand what Esolen is preaching, which is that people who accept to attend Providence College should respect their morals and beliefs and the religion it was based off of. On the other hand, this makes me wonder, should a religious college have the ability and power to ban any other religion or cultural value from their students? Some students may have accepted the admission to Providence College because they heard great things about the professors, atmosphere and or rigor of the classes. If a student has a different religion and would like to practice it, shouldn’t the college just accept that?

-Amanda

Esolen, Anthony. “My College Succumbed to the Totalitarian Diversity Cult.” Crisis Magazine, 26 Sept. 2016, http://www.crisismagazine.com/2016/college-succumbed-totalitarian-diversity-cult. Accessed 12 Feb. 2017.

URL: http://www.crisismagazine.com/2016/college-succumbed-totalitarian-diversity-cult

Here Is Why

     In the article, “10 Reasons Why We Need Diversity on College Campuses” (2012) the author Sofia Kerby discusses the ten main reasons as to why diversity is important and what benefits it can bring for the people who partake in it. Kerby’s main focus is to draw attention towards the positive sides of diversity and what benefits can come out of it. The authors point of this article is to explain what diversity can bring to the new generations and college campuses. To backup her claim Kerby uses evidence from polls, news sites, research and quotes from reliable sources. All of these sources would allow her to help further her audience’s understanding of just how important it is to incorporate diversity into people’s everyday lives. Kerby’s main purpose for writing this article is to encourage people to look at the facts she has given her reader and take them into account and come up with their own opinion based on what she has stated. Kerby claims that “People of color make up 36 percent of the work force…”(2012) which insists on the idea that we need people of color to work and be educated on whichever job they are performing. Everyone no matter what color they are plays a role in helping our economy progress. The main intended audience is directed towards people who are ignorant on the idea of diversity. As well as the people who say “Yeah we should have more diversity on our college campus,” but can’t back up their thoughts as to why having diversity on campus is a good thing. 

    I completely agree with Kerby’s thoughts mostly because she was able to give actual information to back up her thought processes. She uses, in my opinion, one of the most important facts as her pull to keep the reader interested. She states that by 2050 most of the United States will no longer have an easy way of telling who is apart of what race. So if that is the case, then why should we not include diversity across the nation on all college campuses right now? If our future children and grandchildren have the potential of being mixed why be so ignorant now? Do you want your future grandchildren to have an equal opportunity at getting into college? Kerby also found information which stated that by incorporating people of color and diverse backgrounds onto college campuses has not only allowed some students to expand their mind sets on social values, but their grades increased as well based off of having relations with another ethnic group.

-Amanda

Kerby, Sophia. “10 Reasons Why We Need Diversity on College Campuses.” Center for American Progress, 9 Oct. 2012, https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/race/news/2012/10/09/41004/10-reasons-why-we-need-diversity-on-college-campuses/. Accessed 12 Feb 2017.

URL:https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/race/news/2012/10/09/41004/10-reasons-why-we-need-diversity-on-college-campuses/

White Females Rule The Education System

    In the article, “Study Finds Statewide Lack of Diversity in Teacher Prep Programs,”(2017) by Laney Ruckstul suggests the idea that most colleges do not have enough diversity in their teaching faculty. Ruckstul backs up her argument by using outside sources who also argued this thought as well. She brings in sources such as the director of the Upward BU Bound Project to shed some light on what undergraduate colleges are doing to create more diversity in their teaching programs. As well as recording students from Boston University and their thoughts on their teachers gender and color traits. The author’s main purpose of writing this article is to persuade her audience into seeing that their are too many white women becoming teachers than their are men and other races of women. She wants her audience to see that this can be an issue for students that come from different backgrounds. Ruckstul’s main intended audience would be future students, current students, students of color, caucasian students and of course people who want to pursue a job in education.

     The author of this article clearly is bias and never wrote about the opposing side. Ruckstul, whom is a student at Boston University quotes Tori Coughlin who is a member of Educators Rising (an organization that works together to recruit students from diverse high schools into BU’s system) that their are too many white women teaching the students. Coughlin may be right because even at my school: Colorado State University, most of my professors have been white females as well. Throughout the article Ruckstul gathers quotes from people who also agree with her argument. So while I was reading her article I had to ask myself, is it really that bad of a thing that the vast majority of teachers are white women? Can that really affect a student of color and how they act and perform in school? I could not answer my question because I am a white female. So then I tried to put myself in someone else’s shoes. If I were to grow up in a school system where all of my teachers were of one color and of a different gender of my own I would feel indifferent. Ruckstul quotes another student, Maireid Mazan who talks about the issue of diverse students only seeing white females becoming teachers and professors in their classrooms and how this could make males and other races feel inadequate of becoming a teacher. I agree with her statement because by constantly seeing one race perform a certain task might make it seem unreachable to a person of another race. 

-Amanda

Ruckstul, Lancey. “Study finds statewide lack of diversity in teacher prep programs.” The Daily Free Press, 17 Feb 2017, http://dailyfreepress.com/2017/02/17/study-finds-statewide-lack-of-diversity-in-teacher-prep-programs/. Accessed 17 Feb 2017.

URL: http://dailyfreepress.com/2017/02/17/study-finds-statewide-lack-of-diversity-in-teacher-prep-programs/

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8 thoughts on “Amanda’s Blog

  1. Diversity in college campuses’ is so important! It is crucial that these diverse individuals feel just as accepted on campus. Though they have a lower socioeconomic status, they deserve just as much attention and support that those with a higher socioeconomic status student receives. I think it is so important that a light is shed on this issue. Hopefully, as a country, we can come together to help give a voice to these students to show that we support them in the educational journeys! Every student has equal opportunity!
    Danielle

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  2. Religion vs. Diversity
    This post really made me think. In most of the schools I attended, religion was almost never talked about and sometimes I think it would of been helpful to learn about all of the different religions. I think by learning about the different religions, it can make us more accepting and respectful. Instead most schools shy away from the topic of religion because schools do not want to offend anyone or cause any unwanted attention.
    -Kelli

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  3. Here is Why
    Love this post! It was similar to one of the articles I chose. I think that the facts the author uses to back up her points makes her much more credible and it is easier to understand where she is coming from. Diversity is so important and with facts like that it just reassures me how truly important diversity and inclusion in our schools truly is!!
    -Kelli

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  4. Religion vs. Diversity

    This post definitely hit home for me. I attended a private Catholic high school and though diversity was accepted and respected, people had a negative connotation about it. Outsiders believed that students and teachers that were apart of a Catholic school didn’t accept others of different ethnicities and religions but that was not the case at all! Catholic schools definitely have a bad wrap and that’t not always the case. I can only speak for the school that I attended, but my student body welcomed other religions into our communities with open arms and respect for other cultures as well! Thanks so much for sharing!
    -Danielle

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  5. Here is Why
    This is awesome! I love that the author included true and actual facts to back up her claim. Diversity in the classroom will always be so crucial to the fundamental purpose of schooling. The more facts and data we have to prove this claim, the better!! I also think it’s great that you still have questions regarding this important article! There is still more research to be done on such a critical aspect of education! I can’t wait to find out more about this topic and bettering our educational system to be more inclusive of all current and future students!
    -Danielle

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  6. White Females Rule the Education System

    This is such an interesting article with a great point of view. It was great to hear someone’s stance on having mainly white female teachers. When I think back on my own education experience, I too had mainly white female teachers. However, if the roles were reversed, I’m not sure if I would have minded it. Considering that I’m a white female with the hopes of becoming a teacher, it’s fascinating to hear an opinion. I hope that race and gender don’t come into play when considering teaching positions, and I also hope that students never feel uncomfortable in the classroom environment based on their teacher’s gender or ethnicity. So interesting.
    -Danielle

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  7. White Females Rule the Education System
    This was very interesting to read! I never realized how true it is, looking back majority of my teachers have been white females. I think that sometimes it is easy to get comfortable in a little bubble and not realize that diversity may not even be around you! I want to become an elementary school teacher and I am a white, female. I don’t think this is a problem necessarily, but it is something that we should be aware of. Thank you for finding this article!!
    -Kelli

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