Does Race Really Count?
Erin Sun, Division 1, 6th grade #ws16e-s3d1

A year ago when I was getting picked up one day, my dad turned on the car radio to 88.5 NPR. The hosts were hotly discussing SCA5. With a sudden look of frustration, my dad switched off the radio, so I asked him what SCA5 was. He explained that the government wanted to lift the ban on affirmative action in California, which my dad thought would mean that getting Asian students, like my sister and I into colleges would be more difficult. For the next few weeks, he would ask people for their signatures for a petition against SCA5. A few days later, I asked my dad about the signatures. He told me that his friends and he were trying to get a lot of signatures for the petition, and turn them in to show how much and how many people cared. He wanted to show them what a bad decision it would be to use race as a factor for college admissions.
One might think that if everyone has the same chance of getting into colleges, there would be too many Asian-Americans in Ivy League colleges. However, this is unfair. Research shows that Asian-Americans need 140 SAT points out of 1,600 more than whites to get a place at a private university, and that blacks need 310 fewer points. Because of this, Asian parents are pushing their children to do more extra-curriculars, and have higher expectations. There have been many cases where Asian-Americans got almost a perfect score, but were still not admitted into Ivy League colleges.. Also, even though Asian-Americans do well in school and college, and have high average incomes, in the workplace they are underrepresented in top jobs. According to the Economist, “A ‘bamboo ceiling’ seems to apply. Asians do well in the lower and middle levels of companies and professions, but are less visible in the upper echelons.
Everyone should have an equal chance of getting into college, whether they are wealthy or poor, no matter their race, religion or gender. If some people are too poor to afford SAT classes, there should be more free SAT classes to help them study for. Everyone having the same chance of good education would also help discrimination.

Donating money to create more free SAT classes, would help so that people who cannot afford expensive SAT classes can study from those. Also, this is such a big problem that one person can't just fix it. But what I learned from my dad is that if you see a problem in the world, you should be proactive and fix it. Sometimes, problems like climate change and terrorist groups are problems everyone is striving to fix, but if there is a problem that speaks out to you, then do what you can to fix it. There are so many problems in the world, and being proactive will help make the world a better place.
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