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ERIC Number: EJ854077
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Dec
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0895-4852
Diversity and the Abolition of Learning
Iannone, Carol
Academic Questions, v16 n1 p39-49 Dec 2002
George W. Bush did signal his views on diversity during his campaign for the presidency, but what he said inexplicably aroused little notice. Campaigning in Miami on 25 August 2000, in a speech devoted to U.S.-Latin American relations, Bush presented a view of America that one would never have thought to hear from the lips of a U.S. presidential candidate, much less a conservative Republican. "We are now one of the largest Spanish-speaking nations in the world," W. Bush declared. "For years our nation has debated this change," he continued, "some have praised it and others have resented it. By nominating me, my party has made a choice to welcome the new America." One can only wonder how a conservative politician, and one who has proven so effective a leader in so many other respects, came to embrace "diversity" in this meaning. An invaluable new book by Peter W. Wood, "Diversity: The Invention of a Concept," gives individuals some insight into the way in which this poison weed came to take such deep root in this society. Diversity seemed to arrive almost by stealth, Wood suggests. Unheralded by "any great mind, any prestigious philosopher or social theorist, or any major book," it was probably sparked by its mention by Justice Lewis Powell in his idiosyncratic concurrence in the "Bakke" decision of 1978, when he alone of the majority stipulated that colleges could consider race as one factor among others for the purpose of admitting an ethnically diverse student body. It thereafter germinated in the academy and at length began to burgeon in the early 1990s. Before long, it had invaded "one area of American life after another," altering "the root cultural assumptions on which American society is based." (Contains 27 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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