Friday, October 22, 2010

Is affirmative action for men the answer to enrolment woes?

The Globe and Mail (Canada)

Carolyn Abraham and Kate Hammer
From Thursday's Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010 5:41AM EDT
Last updated Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010 10:32AM EDT

For Harold Reiter the tipping point was the entering class of 2002.
As the new chair of admissions at McMaster University's medical school, he took one look at the proportion of women admitted – a whopping 76.9 per cent – and wondered what had happened to the men.
The gender gap at the university's Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine was one of the widest in the country and one of the factors that prompted Dr. Reiter to rethink the admissions criteria.

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SJW Comment:
I read with much interest this story about Canadian medical schools and their "soft" admissions policies to attract more male applicants. What I don't see or hear is the thunderous opposition and indignation that medical school admissions policies are being lowered; that future patients will be threatened. Who will hire a male doctor who is the obvious beneficiary of affirmative action and preferential treatment? Can we trust these unqualified professionals? Male preferential treatment has occurred in some form for centuries and is now being subtly applied to favor more male applicants in the USA and now Canada. What I do not see is the same anger and emotion that is used when the subject of race based affirmative action comes up, despite centuries of discrimination and exclusion. Is this a matter of whose ox is gored? Such hypocrisy!

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