The author has considered these colleges and universities as major pathways to power and privilege; hence, he deals with the serious problem of securing admissions to these institutions across the socioeconomic spectrum.
Jerome Karabel pointed out that America’s educational institutions served as transmitters of privilege from generation to generation rather than as a vehicle of upward mobility. He argues that the competition for admissions in such educational institutions is an “all-time high” which has led to serious problems across the socioeconomic spectrum, and therefore is of national and international relevance; that the competition has created pervasive anxiety among the affluent, underrepresentation among the middle class, and an almost total lack of access among the poor. Moreover, he expressed that selective educational institutions have diverted from their image of being meritocratic beacons of opportunity.
With all these points being said, I believe that authorities should, if not must, give importance to the aforementioned matter discussed by Jerome Karabel – for such has created, and in the future may cause more, social inequality and deprival of opportunity.
A reflective analysis on “The New College Try” presents a relevant discussion on the lack of opportunity for some members of the society to enter to our colleges and universities which may help them to develop holistically. I express my solidarity to the writer’s purpose in as much
as I agree with his arguments for I have witnessed such ‘discrimination’ among my circle of friends.
It is also important to note that Mr. Karabel has been able to provide convincing pieces of evidence to show how skewed the admission system of these institutions is toward the already advantaged.
As Jerome Karabel further discusses in his article, he points out that these selective colleges have frequently claimed to give an edge in admissions to disadvantaged students regardless of their race. However, as the article suggests, William Bowen, the former president of Princeton, and his associates discovered that among the 19 selective colleges, applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds, defined whether by family or parental education, hardly get a break in the admissions process. Pieces of evidence the author has presented reminded me of a friend who was neglected in the admission process of such institutions for unjustifiable reasons.
I strongly agree with Mr. Karabel’s views regarding America’s educational sector and recommend that a social action is undertaken to resolve the presented issue. The public should be keen and vigilant on this matter and I sincerely hope that the New York Times keep producing articles of great relevance in our present society.