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Color and Money: How Rich White Kids Are Winning the War over College Affirmative Action Hardcover – August 7, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-1403976017 ISBN-10: 1403976015 Edition: First Edition

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Trade; First Edition edition (August 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1403976015
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403976017
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,599,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Books on the highly-charged issue of affirmative action are usually one-sided and inflammatory. Peter Schmidt’s Color and Money is a wonderful exception. It provides an honest and fair examination that is also passionate and illuminating. Schmidt carefully weighs the arguments for and against affirmative action and then lays bare higher education’s naughty secret--that for all its self-congratulatory embrace of diversity, poor and working-class students of all colors remain largely shut out.” --Richard D. Kahlenberg, Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation, and author of The Remedy: Class, Race, and Affirmative Action

“For those concerned about why the march toward social justice in America has faltered badly for nearly forty years now at the hands of the nation's entrenched political and economic systems, Peter Schmidt's Color and Money is a highly instructive--and greatly disturbing--guidepost.” --Richard Kluger, author of Simple Justice: The History of Brown v. Board of Education and Black America's Struggle for Equality

Peter Schmidt's Color and Money does just what its subtitle says: It describes "how rich white kids are winning the war over college affirmative action." It offers refreshing honesty, a disregard for political correctness, and the effective writing of an experienced and skilled reporter.--Gary M. Lavergne, Director of Admissions Research and Policy analysis at the University of Texas at Austin.

“Fair, balanced and judicious.” --Martin Morse Wooster, The Washington Times

“Drawing upon his extensive experiences as a journalist and editor for The Chronicle of Higher Education, Schmidt is an indispensable guide through the political jargon, statistical obfuscation and specious argumentation employed by both sides of the debate, not to mention the many camps that fall somewhere uncomfortably between.” --Zach Weir, The Charleston Post and Courier

“Forget about religion, politics, sex, even race. The issue Americans are least likely to be able to discuss honestly is class. Color and Money is a forthright examination of the inequalities we must start talking about if we are ever going to achieve a semblance of equality. Anyone interested in the inequities of the selective college admissions process will find Color and Money clear-eyed, hard-hitting, enlightening, and informative.” --Rachel Toor, author of Admissions Confidential: An Insider’s Account of the Elite College Selection Process

“Written with a passion for the issues, Peter Schmidt offers a compelling and thoughtful summary of the history of government policy, court decisions, and the politics regarding affirmative action. This book is a must read for anyone concerned about access to higher education--especially the nation's elite universities--as well as those concerned about questions of social policy and justice.” --Terry MacTaggart, Former Chancellor, University of Maine System

“An excellent primer on a perennial campus hot topic.”--Tim Fernholz, Campus Progress

About the Author

PETER SCHMIDT is a Senior Writer at The Chronicle of Higher Education, where he covers affirmative action, state and federal higher-education policy, education research, and historically black colleges and universities. He previously covered school desegregation, urban education, and immigrant education for Education Week, and he has written for the Associated Press, the Detroit Free Press, the Weekly Standard, and Teacher Magazine. His work has won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Education Writers Association, the Virginia Press Association, and the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. His coverage of affirmative action won a special citation for beat reporting from the Education Writers Association in 2006.

More About the Author

Peter Schmidt is a senior writer at The Chronicle of Higher Education, where he covers affirmative action, state and federal higher-education policy, education research, historically black colleges and universities, and connections between schools and colleges. He previously covered school desegregation, urban education, immigrant education, and education research for Education Week. He also has reported for the Associated Press, the Detroit Free Press, the Northern Virginia Daily, and the Ann Arbor News, and he has written for the Weekly Standard, Teacher Magazine, and Detroit Monthly magazine. His work has won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Education Writers Association, the Virgina Press Association, and the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. His coverage of affirmative action won a special citation for beat reporting from the Education Writers Association in 2006.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By The Saint on August 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Despite the provocative title this book really hits home with objective facts and measurable effects, regardless of debates over motivations. It could have used more practical how-to guides for conscientious parents and students to counter this stuff. Overall however I loved it and so did my son.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Walt Gardner on June 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Slowly but surely, the disparity between high blown rhetoric and stone cold reality in admissions to marquee-name colleges and universities is being exposed. Peter Schmidt stands out in this regard in "Color and Money" by his ability to reveal the hypocrisy that permeates the rarefied atmosphere of higher education.

Because affirmative action is by its very nature an emotional issue, Schmidt wisely takes great pains to lay out a clear paradigm in order to help readers distinguish between ideology and evidence. He makes a compelling case that forces them to reexamine their preexisting positions on the policy.

Not everyone will agree with Schmidt's conclusions, but no one can deny that he hasn't performed a real service at a time when so much is on the line. "Color and Money" is an important contribution to an issue that won't go away.

Walt Gardner taught for 28 years in the Los Angeles Unified School District and was a lecturer in the UCLA Graduate School of Education.
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