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Breaking Limitations on DEI – Part 2

There is a school of thought that today’s generation is coddled[i] and have a sense of entitlement; they expect everything to be given to them.  Some would even claim that they are oppressed by society simply because they are from underrepresented groups.  It is not unusual to notice young people demanding justice for themselves because their parents were mistreated. 

A part of today’s society believes that these people should be treated differently from the majority because they claim they are special and belong to a distinct class of private people characterized by race, sexual orientation, etc.  Some expect to bypass steps in a process, such as writing final exams, claiming that to do so reinforces racist paradigms. 

I am surprised that I did not hear anyone taking legal action against America’s Got Talent or American Idol because of the constant cutting of contestants during the first round due to their background.   

Some aspiring students think the Ivy League schools should admit these people onto their campuses under the name of DEI.  Why not overlook the student’s capability to understand the materials being taught in the class and do away with final exams because the students were oppressed when they entered this world into a marginalized population.  Would these changes lower actual standards, in the workplace?  I see it like standing in the middle of a crosswalk; the person has to pick a side.  Each side has its own ups and downs.  Does one choose higher standards and more work or lower standards and less work?  This concept holds with everything we do in life — what we put in affects what we get out of the situation.

We all hear about the news from the lead schools, such as their presidents being forced to leave their posts because they wanted the school to be under the name of DEI.

Are they concerned that altering standards is a legitimate way for achieving their goals?  They feel oppressed, they do not have to be responsible for their actions, and they expect corporate jobs to land on their laps after they graduate.  Will the same cycle repeat?  Will they feel oppressed again?

[i] Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt (2018). The coddling of the American mind: How good intentions and bad ideas are setting up a generation for failure. Penguin Books.

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