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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Karabel investigates how and why Harvard, Kaabel and Princeton “have always been heavily overrepresented in the American elite. The universities do not have to publicise figures of drop-outs and the areas of society they came from. My initial reaction is that I’m not sure it was a good decision to read this. Return to Book Page.

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Also covered is the racism towards all minorities, prejudice towards women, the battle over Affirmative Action, and the adoption of need, sex, and race-blind admissions policies. How did the policies of our elite schools evolve? All of the arbitrary aspects of college applications: The characters are dynamic engaging figures and the events can be, at times, shocking.

Then, amid a national wave of immigration reform, the upper-crust schools overhauled their policies to have a more well-rounded student body, by which they meant one including not too many Jews.

And yet Karabel sources so thoroughly the hundred pages of end-notes are also full of gems and covers his topics so broadly and with such academic rigor, this never comes off as polemical. A salutary book to be reading karabwl having survived the admissions process for one child and resting somewhat before preparing child 2. She left school at 15 to pursue a career in riding, but that failed and now at 18 she wants to be a vet. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger.

Plus, it is going to help me structure my entire dissertation.


Jerome Karabel

Maybe one day selection will be done by computers on grades and various other attributes like social contributions, athleticism, talents kqrabel ambitions and have nothing whatsoever to do with the parents’ background whether ethnic, religious or economic. Some key moments, in a litany of fascinating and often horrifying ones: Please provide an email address.

No eBook available Amazon. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Completed the first part of 3 and have thoroughly enjoyed this one so far.

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

The Princeton Director of Admissions in pulled an African-American kid out of the registration line to tell him One of the best sources of cocktail-party conversation you may ever encounter assuming that your fellow partygoers are interested in college, social class, history, sociology, racism or anti-Semitism or sexism, or the American ideal of meritocracythis long, long book is entirely worth the effort.

Although disheartening to see how pushback from alumni in the 80s and 90s undercut many of the more radical changes of mid-century. Though it can hardly be overstated, the institutional anti-Semitism is a note Karabel plinks past the point of exhaustion. The schools completely lack any kind of class diversity.

Even if they aren’t really. Thorough discussion of competing models of American intelligence and how these tensions changed the way Ivy League colleges defined themselves and their social boundaries. Trivia About The Chosen: It’s a shame, because the level of research here is first-rate, and could’ve made a really good read with a better writer because it’s both unfair and unrealistic to ask a modern editor to fix a work of this length. Jul 22, Will rated it it was amazing.

Yes, I’m a Harvard grad, and one who believes that legacies and athletes receive much more advantage in admissions than they should — sorry, My Two Cnosen — and I loved seeing the embarrassing secrets topple out of the secret files. Karabel is the author of The Chosen: The Reality of Admissions Under Conant. The Origins of Selective Admissions But the admissions policies of elite universities have long been both tightly controlled and shrouded in secrecy.


Racial Conflict and the Incorporation of Blacks. Preview — The Chosen by Jerome Karabel. Chosem what do those policies say about America?

I’ve learned so much about the college process from this book. Many statistics, quotations, and other references were repeated several times — almost as if it were a hedge against the likelihood that readers would dive into only one segment of the book, and leave the rest untouched.

But the admissions policies of elite universities tue long been both tightly controlled Reading some of the letters where those in charge of admission discuss “grinds” and “undesirables” or even wish that Armenian genocide had been more effective is enough to give you chills.

Why is the SAT so important? Be warned, it’s a history book.

Published September 8th by Mariner Books first published October 26th July 28 – this is a long, long book. The Reality of Admissions Under Conant. Other editions – View all The Chosen: Money the Market Ethos and the Struggle for Position.

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Jan 04, Dana marked it as to-read. My spouse kzrabel finished reading aloud this epic examination of the admissions policies and practices of the top three Ivies during the past century. Burrowing into the Harvard, Yale, and Princeton archives, Karabel has found out where a lot of minds as well as bodies were buried, then exhumed them and dragged them into the light.

If you do not fall into at least one of those three categories, you will have a much more difficult time getting into college.