In The Chosen, the Berkeley sociologist Jerome Karabel lifts the veil on a century of admission and exclusion at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton. How did the. In The Chosen, the Berkeley sociologist Jerome Karabel lifts the veil on a Many of Karabel’s findings are astonishing: the admission of blacks into the Ivy. THE CHOSEN. The Hidden History of Admission and. Exclusion at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton. By Jerome Karabel. Illustrated. pp.

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I have been reading it for over a month and am now at about page Heartening, though, to read about the movements in the 60s and 70s to protest racial exclusions esp. The Chosen looks at the ‘Big Three’ Harvard, Yale, and Princeton and the admissions process for the respective institutions.

The Jewish Problem at Yale and Princeton. Even when the schools actions were heavily intertwined, for example with Yale and Princeton deciding to go coed, they were presented individually and thus the facts were basically repeated twice. Harvard and the Battle over Restriction.

It’s an eye-opener in every way, turning over the rocks of the Big Three’s admission practices to discover the maggots and worms beneath. This book should be required reading for anyone in the college admission field, whether a college admission officer or a college counselor on the high school side.

Tradition and Change at Old Nassau. Full of colorful characters including Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, James Bryant Conant, and Kingman Brewsterit shows how the ferocious battles over admissions at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton shaped the American elite and bequeathed to us the peculiar system of college admissions that we have today. It was very eye opening to learn about the extremely anti-Semitic guidelines of admissions in the s up through World War II.

References choesn this book Financing Public Universities: Membership has its privileges.

Any quibble I have with Karabel’s style or structure or editing is dwarfed by the irritation engendered by the practices revealed in this mesmerizing history. Drawing on decades of meticulous research, Karabel shines a light on the ever-changing definition of “merit” in college admissions, showing how it shaped—and was shaped by—the country at large.

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But anyone interested about race, class, and “merit” play into the admissions game should find this worth the slog or should check out the recent New Yorker article that summarizes many of Karabel’s findings. Knock me over with a feather. Please provide an email address. It’s a lot of book cohsen learn this stuff.

Unlike merit based admissions exams for which “undesirables” can theoretically study, discretion allows universities to change the admissions criteria and, most importantly, to obscure how they make admissions decisions. This book covers anti-Semitism, sexism, the shortcomings of the GI Bill post-WW II, the Civil Rights movement and affirmative action, the decline of the east coast private schools and the traditional WASP upper class, how immigration demographics changed the make-up of the entering classes, etc.

The most interesting aspect of the book is how each of the universities have adapted and changed due to the social expectations of the general US populous. The massive and excellent Bronx High School of Science enrolled 7 of its grads at Yale during the era Account Options Sign in. Completed the first part of 3 and have thoroughly enjoyed this one so far. Reluctant Reform Comes to Yale. And yet, it is clear that his non-polemical, thoroughly academic approach recognizes when they mean well and yet are overwhelmed by realpolitik.

Until you read it, you can have no real idea how crudely these elite universities discriminated in admissions — against women, Jews, blacks, and others. In other words, although the schools may admit a percentage of minorities, there is substantial evidence that the most underrepresented group are those that are socioeconomically deprived.

As I say, I can gloss this because I like the persistence in giving all Three their fair share of attention, but it did get irritating at times.

The Chosen: The Hidden History of Admission and Exclusion at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. But at least they have sizeable minorities of kids from vhosen backgrounds these days. The Jewish Problem at Yale and Princeton. Not gonna happen, I know, but no one is pure.

Money the Market Ethos and the Struggle for Position. The book goes over the colleges’ use of quotas for Jews and quotes some anti-Semitic remarks on the part of college presidents and others. Mar 31, Alasdair Ekpenyong rated it it was amazing.

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THE CHOSEN by Jerome Karabel | Kirkus Reviews

But there’s a bigger structural issue here as well: Maybe I am being mean to give it two stars but the structure not only made the book way longer than it needed to chosfn, but was also chosenn. Selected pages Kkarabel Page. The overall theme of so much of our country’s public policy having been shaped by institutions This is a very, very, very long history of the admission policies of the “Big Three” Ivy League schools.

As the author notes, working class kids are the ones who are currently the least likely to benefit from the current admissions system. In other words, the initial reason why women got in the door was to prevent men from going to other schools that were co-ed. They concede marginally, as in the case of admitting black students, only when the political and social pressure to do so demands it.

Jerome Karabel

He has written extensively on American institutions of higher education and on various aspects of social policy and history in the United States, often from a comparative perspective.

No one who reads this remarkable book will ever think about college admissions — or America — in the same way again. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt- Education – pages. Oct 23, Caroline rated it it was ok Shelves: The characters are dynamic engaging figures and the events can be, at times, shocking. Why do we have to write essays? If you happen to be at least part Carib Indian, brought up in the islands, a pretty damn good athlete and have American nationality by accident of birth, choseb even dyslexic adds points!

The final chapter was particularly interesting; I didn’t know that the man who coined the term “meritocracy” thought of it as a dystopian rather than a liberating construct, in large chossen because kadabel at the top of the privilege heap get to define what “merit” is.