Duke's African American community protests study authored by University faculty that attempts to prove that African American students are not as smart as their GPA suggests.
*Duke University has gotten somewhat of a reputation for being racially insensitive.
Last March, Jalen Rose was under fire for his remarks about the school and his idea that a lot of black students from the inner city may share.
He said that “Schools like Duke don’t recruit players like me” or black kids from the inner city.
They didn’t take kindly to such a sweeping generalization of the school, but now the campus is at the center of their own controversial remarks against black students that seek to generalize their academic performance.
*With minority students continuing to lag in educational achievement, the federal government has targeted the nation’s second largest public school system for wide-ranging reforms.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Education announced that, after a 19-month civil rights investigation, they found that the Los Angeles Unified School District was failing to provide equal education to English-learners and Black students. In turn, this systemic failure has resulted in widespread academic disparities in the nation’s second largest school district, they said.
In the district, only 32 percent of Black students ranked as proficient in English and 9 percent in math, while only 5 percent of high school English language learners ranked as proficient in the two subjects, according to the schools’ 2009-10 report card.
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*The U.K.’s two elite universities admit a paltry number of black students to their undergraduate programs, the Guardian reports.
Last year, 21 Oxbridge colleges did not offer admission to a single black student. Oxford’s storied Merton college has not accepted a black student for five years. Out of all of its colleges, Oxford accepted one black student last year out of 35 applicants. Cambridge accepted six, according to the Daily Mail.
These figures were produced after a Freedom of Information Act request on Oxbridge undergraduate admissions by Labour MP David Lammy. The statistics also show that Oxford and Cambridge’s social profiles are 89 percent and 87.6 percent upper and middle-class, respectively.
The racial disparity at the schools extends to Cambridge’s faculty as well. There are no black people among the more than 1,500 academic and lab staff employed by the university
An Oxford spokesperson told the Daily Mail that “Black students apply disproportionately for the most oversubscribed subjects, contributing to a lower than average success rate for the group as a whole,” while a Cambridge spokesperson told the Guardian that “Colleges make offers to the best and brightest students regardless of their background, and where variations exist this is due to supply of applications and demand by subject.”