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Comment: Re:Wrong. Willingness is not a binary construct. (Score 1) 939 939

Well, if that is how you define "coercion", then the term has nothing to do with slavery, forced labor, or injustice anymore.

Except that it does. When a choice is made of the least of the worst, force exists. It means that one is only able to mitigate an undesirable situation, not remove it.

Comment: Re: Demographics (Score 1) 256 256

In a big city like New York or Sydney there are "selective" high schools like Bronx Science or Stuyvesant or Sydney Girls High School where elementary school kids have to take a test to get in. Always the school ends up being 80% Asian, either because they're smart, or work hard, or their parents have strong test-prep culture which fits the test-based state school admission better than it fits selective college admission. Yet somehow white students don't complain that they don't have the advantage Asians do because they live in a neighborhood that's predominantly white and go to schools that are predominantly white and therefore shitty, so they lack the secondary education opportunities of Asians.

Sounds like a case for applying disparate impact to kill off the selectiveness.

Comment: German/Asian education systems are flawed (Score 1) 256 256

They're not prizing education, but the ability to make certain tiers of education. It's a lighter, friendlier, less free system comparable to India's castes - as competence is tertiary to tiering and testing.

On the other hand, the United States allows all and does quite well. If one were to factor that in tests, that would put the US at/near the top. However, don't let a little statistics get in the way of your narrative.

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