Synopsis by Alice Day
The debate over affirmative action is still ongoing. Those who support the program insist that it levels the playing field somewhat, while detractors argue that it gives preference to those with gender and ethnic differences without regard for individual merit. In Affirmative Action: The History of an Idea, the history of affirmative action is presented, and the question of its effectiveness is brought up. It looks at two instances of affirmative action, one at the University of California at Berkeley and the other in Chicago, and offers commentary by educational professionals.