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Sapere aude - dare to be wise
Tuesday, May 11, 2004
Posted 10:16 AM by Joshua Claybourn
The National Jurist has just released its report card on diversity. The HTML on the story page is horribly done, so it's hard to tell where IU-Indy placed. But it appears as though we placed 12th in the nation in their arbitrary ranking. This quote stood out:
One way to continue boosting those numbers is to graduate more minority and women law students, and the best way to do that is to create a learning environment that welcomes and promotes them, proponents of diversity say.
Another way to promote diversity, which may seem ohbvious to most, is to better educate "those students" prior to coming to law school. There is a deficiency and an inequity in K-12 education. The sad reality is that the education system often does not do an adequate job educating at the younger ages (particularly at inner city schools), and then in an effort to make up for it, colleges and professional institutions promote and accept students less qualified than others because of their color or sex.

The best and most equitable way to ensure meritocratic diversity is to ensure equal and fair education in K-12 grades. Peter Wood wrote last year, "Racial inequities and personal bigotry do indeed persist in the United States and there is much to be said about the real causes, but enforced exclusion of African Americans from the opportunity to compete in the marketplace or to pursue higher education aren't among them." I agree, but only to a point. Inequities exist, but one of the primary causes surely lies with a poor educational foundation prior to law school. Solve that and we may have solved a host of others.

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