Indiana Parents Furious Over ‘Data Mining’ Survey School Gave To Students As Young As Fifth Grade

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It sounds like they are trying to plumb who might be likely to have be at risk for drugs/suicide/psychological problems. And in that event, the question that is actually the most troubling is ‘have either of your parents served in Iraq or Afghanistan”. What business is that of theirs? And with that there seems to be an implicit assumption that that service is problematic, because likely your military parents must be psychologically unwell.

Via Truth Revolt:

A school survey given to children as youg as 12 have left parents irate over questions that included whether “people in my family have serious arguments.”

The survey of middle school students asked numerous questions about drugs and alcohol, including “At what age did you first use…?

Cigarettes
Alcohol (beer, wine, liquor, wine coolers)
Marijuana (pot, hash, weed, kush, Mary Jane)
Inhalants (whip-its, huffing, aerosol spray can, etc.)
Vivoxiline (Vivo)
Prescription drugs (like OxyContin)

The survey also asked if they felt things were “hopeless” and did students consinder or “make a plan” to commit suicide.

But it was the personal questions about family life that irks parents. The students were asked to rate how true some statements were, including: “We argue about the same things in my family over and over” and “People in my family often insult or yell at each other.”

“They crossed the line when they entered the home,” said Michelle Bracewell told a local TV station, Fox59. “Those are personal questions, and if I want people to know what’s going on inside my home, I’ll let them know.”

Facebook quickly filled with parents calling the survey an “issue of rights,” and others calling the survey “data mining, and a 100% violation of privacy and trust,” Fox59 said.

While schools told the children the survey was optional and confidential, a new program asked for the students to include their birth dates and initials. “It’d be very easy to go back and look at a birthdate and initials and see who the child was,” Bracewell said.

See the survey here.

Eric Holder Refuses To Grant Exit Interview With Only One Media Network, Fox News . . . Prefers To Be Asked To Quack Like A Duck…

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Eric only does serious news shows with actual journalists, such as Al Sharpton and Melissa Harris-Perry.

Via BPR

President Obama’s controversial attorney general is finally on his way out of office, and he’s accepting requests for one last interview from a full gamut of media outlets, with one notable exception — Fox News.

Fox reported that Eric Holder is offering “exit interviews” to ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and Politico. A few weeks ago, he was even given the chance to quack like a duck on MSNBC for Melissa Harris-Perry.

But he doesn’t want to answer any questions from the most watched and most powerful cable news network in the country.

“We learned today that Attorney General Eric Holder has conducted interviews with ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN and Politico, while excluding FOX News,” network Executive Vice President Michael Clemente said in a statement.

“The Attorney General’s decision does a deep disservice to America’s largest cable news audience and the interests of a free press. Ultimately, however, we’re not surprised that Holder would try to evade a thorough accounting of his record in office, including his decision to investigate our Chief Washington correspondent, James Rosen through an illegal seizure of emails and phone records of Rosen and his parents.”

Clemente didn’t mention other embarrassing scandals, including Operation Fast and Furious, the Justice Department’s monitoring of Associated Press reporters’ phones and Holder’s race-baiting in Ferguson, Mo., after the shooting death of black teen Michael Brown.[…]

The test of any lawyer’s mettle is his ability to cross-examine hostile witnesses. Apparently Holder doesn’t like it when he’s on the receiving end of the tough questions.

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$1Million Being Offered For Best Idea To Combat Youth Violence In Chicago

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Here’s a thought. Take all the money you spend on the public schools, toss the unions, and switch them to charter schools with real teachers that stress personal responsibility and do not excuse bad behavior. Give me my million dollars.

But this is actually a thing and you only have till Monday to submit your idea. So get on the stick, Zippers! Send in your thoughts.

Via WGNTV:

CHICAGO — One million dollars is being offered for the best idea to combat youth violence in Chicago.

The University of Chicago crime lab is working with the MacArthur Foundation and Get In Chicago to find solutions for the complex issue.

Chicago has a higher percentage of young homicide victims than the national average.

The deadline for letters of interest are due on Monday.

The awards will be announced in May and could be up and running in Chicago by this summer.

Dem Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Army Veteran, Faces Backlash From Fellow Liberals For Criticizing Obama’s Refusal To Say “Radical Islam”…

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No room for dissent among the Obamabot rank and file.

Via FOX News

She was Hawaii’s golden girl after winning a seat in Congress with support from top liberal groups, but now that Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has been critical of President Obama, her political reputation in the bluest of blue states is taking a hit.

That isn’t stopping the twice-deployed 33-year-old Army veteran from continuing to challenge the president, her home state’s favorite son, over his refusal to identify terror groups like the Islamic State as driven by “radical Islam.”

“Every soldier knows this simple fact: If you don’t know your enemy, you will not be able to defeat him,” Gabbard told FoxNews.com. “Our leaders must clearly identify the enemy as Islamist extremists, understand the ideology that is motivating them and attracting new recruits, and focus on defeating that enemy both militarily and ideologically.”

Gabbard has been hitting this message for weeks now, putting her at odds with many in her party who toe the line that the Islamic State should not be associated with Islam. […]

Her comments have stunned political experts in her home state.

“It is very, very unusual for a junior member in the president’s own party to criticize him,” said Colin Moore, assistant professor at the University of Hawaii Department of Political Science. “Especially for someone considered a rising star in the party. This is a serious gamble for her.”

Michael W. Perry, of Hawaii’s most popular KSSK Radio’s “Perry & Price Show,” said that “while Gabbard is correct in her ‘emperor has no clothes’ moment, she may have lost her future seat on Hawaii’s political bench.” He said she’s committed “a mortal sin” by challenging Obama, and “now the knives are out.”

For now, she’s taking her hits in the media.

The editorial board of the online political news journal Civil Beat, owned by eBay Founder Pierre Omiydar, said “the bright-red Right” is promoting her criticism but she is not “presenting serious policy arguments.”

“One wonders where Gabbard is going with this. Sure, the Iraq war veteran and rising political star is achieving national prominence in a high-profile discussion. But at what cost?” the editorial board wrote, saying her comments could be dismissed “as pandering from a young pol with lofty ambitions.”

Bob Jones, columnist for the Oahu-based Midweek, wrote a scathing piece suggesting Gabbard should be challenged in 2016. “I take serious issue when somebody who’s done a little non-fighting time in Iraq, and is not a Middle East or Islamic scholar, claims to know better than our President and Secretary of State how to fathom the motivations of terrorists, or how to refer to them beyond the term that best describes them — terrorists,” Jones said.

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Obama Identifies With The 9/11 Killers

This is insane. Talk about vetting, where were people calling this out?

Via NY Post:

That President Obama won’t call it Islamic terrorism; that he believes we shouldn’t be on a “high horse” because America and Christians have done bad things; that Muslims are victims of “bigotry and prejudice”; that his State Department says it’s the lack of jobs, not religion, that fuels ISIS, should come as no surprise.

After all, he said the same thing about 9/11.

In 2004, Obama released an update of his 1995 memoir, “Dreams from My Father,” with a little-noticed new preface about the attacks.
“On September 11, 2001,” Obama wrote, “…history returned with a vengeance; in fact, as Faulkner reminds us, the past is never dead and buried — it isn’t even past.”

“This collective history, this past, directly touches my own,” he added. “Not merely because, as a consequence of 9/11, my name is an irresistible target of mocking websites from overzealous Republican operatives. But also because the underlying struggle between worlds of plenty and worlds of want…is the struggle set forth, on a miniature scale, in this book,” which at its core is an indictment against Western imperialism, racism and colonialism.
Obama goes on to say he identifies with the “desperation and disorder of the powerless,” and how they can “easily slip into violence and despair.”

9/11 isn’t about us being attacked, it’s about his resultant victimization, which of course is all due to that lack of jobs thing again, racism and colonialism.

And tellingly, we should change out “corrupt” regimes that “suppress Islam”. Is that not what he has been doing? Paging Gaddafi! Paging Assad!

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Jeb Bush To Illegal Immigration Opponents: “I Kind Of Feel Your Pain”

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And he probably wonders why the base loathes him with a passion.

Via RCP:

BUSH: Sure. So, on immigration, I wrote a book about this. Instead of people opinion on what I believe, they ought to by the book. It’s called Immigration Wars. You can get it on Amazon for a $1.99. It’s probably discounted. And in that book, I talk about first and foremost the need to enforce the borders. A great country needs to enforce borders for national security purposes, public health purposes, and the rule of law. First and foremost we have to do that.

Secondly, we need to narrow family petitioning so that it’s the same as every other country, spouse and minor children, not this broad definition of spouse, minor children, adult siblings and adult parents, that crowds out what we need, which are economic-driven immigrants. Those that want to come here to work, to invest in their dreams in this country, to create opportunities for all of us, and that’s what we need to get to.

The plan also includes a path to legal status. I have not seen anybody, and I know there’s disagreement here. Some of these people are angry about this, and, look, I kind of feel your pain. I was in Miami this morning, it was 70 degrees. So the simple fact — the simple fact is there is no plan to deport 11 million people. We should give them a path to legal status, where they work, where they don’t receive government benefits, where they don’t break the law, where they learn English, and where they make a contribution to our society. That’s what we need to be focused on.

Air Force Officials: Our Fleet Is Smaller And Weaker Than Ever Before

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At a time when we may never be facing more danger and conflicts.

Via Daily Mail:

The U.S. Air Force has a quarter of the number of fighter squadrons it did 25 years ago and two-thirds of the active duty airmen, a drop that threatens U.S. air superiority, defense officials told lawmakers on Friday.

‘Enough is enough,’ Air Force Secretary Deborah James told lawmakers in the House of Representatives as she defended a Pentagon budget request that exceeds federal spending caps. ‘Given the state of the world … the number one thing we have to stop is this downsizing.’

But members of the defense appropriations subcommittee said President Barack Obama’s 2016 Pentagon base budget of $534 billion exceeded spending caps by nearly $35 billion and would have to be cut.

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And Now This Important Insight From America’s Premiere Political Mind…

Or maybe not…

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Millionaire Nancy Pelosi (Deranged – CA) Can’t Make Ends Meet Without Her Congressional Paycheck….

Welcome to the middle class, Nancy. (Sarcasm)

Via IJR

During a recent press event regarding the battle over the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding bill, Nancy Pelosi attempted to address how difficult it was for people – even members of Congress – to go without timely paychecks.

The California representative, who is worth $29.01 million herself, said:

“I don’t know about you, but I think almost everybody I know cannot live without having a paycheck on time–members of Congress, even. And yet they’re (Republicans) asking the Department of Homeland Security people to do that.”

What Pelosi did not mention is that the average annual salary of a member of Congress is $174,000 plus benefits.

According to a joint study between Our Generation (OG), and Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA), that puts members of Congress in the top 5% of the country in terms of wealth. Comparing that with the average American salary of $50,875 annually, members of Congress earn 3.42 times the average American salary.

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Homeless Oklahoma Vet’s Dying Wish To Be Fulfilled

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May your way be smooth through the gates, Marine…

Via KTLA:

After being diagnosed with terminal cancer and given only three weeks to live, a beloved Marine had one last wish: to be buried in uniform, along with a Marine Corps flag.

Donnie Loneman had loved being a Marine, according to CNN affiliate KOCO in Oklahoma City. But the veteran, who was homeless for the past decade, did not own a dress uniform. He also could not afford to buy one.

As Loneman explained to Tulsa station KOTV at an event for homeless veterans last October, he had given everything up in order to care for his mother in her final days.

At the time of the event, he said he was spending cold nights on freeway overpasses and under trees.

Loneman passed away Thursday night, according to KOCO.

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Rubio Flip Flops On Immigration Bill, Says Conservatives Were Right…

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Rubio is pandering to the wrong voters.

Via WSJ

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said Friday that he is indebted to America for welcoming his Cuban immigrant parents, while he continued to back away from his 2013 legislation that would have allowed illegal immigrants to become U.S. citizens.

Mr. Rubio, a likely presidential contender, was a major sponsor of a bill that was cast by conservatives as bestowing amnesty on law-breaking immigrants. “It wasn’t very popular. I don’t know if you know that from some of the folks here,” he quipped to an audience of hundreds of activists gathered for the Conservative Political Action Conference.

The bill’s critics were proven right, Mr. Rubio said, by what he described as President Barack Obama’s failure to enforce border security. He said immigration legislation is still necessary, not to integrate undocumented workers into society, as some say, but to make sure employers can’t hire illegal immigrants. Mr. Rubio also condemned President Obama’s executive order shielding millions of illegal immigrants from deportation as unconstitutional.

Earlier in his remarks, Mr. Rubio described how his parents left Cuba for the U.S. in 1956 with little money and no connections, a legacy he said fuels his commitment to public service. “I have a debt to America that I will never be able to repay,” he said. “For me, America isn’t just a country. It’s the place that literally changed the history of my family.”

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Breaking: Maduro Claims Venezuela Has ‘Captured’ Americans

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If this is true, chances that it will bring Obama off the golf course to actually do something? Not much.

Oh, and now that there’s a plane involved, CNN seems to have discovered things are not rosy in Venezuela…

Update:

Maduro claiming more than one American captured, engaged in ‘espionage’.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Saturday his government had captured Americans, including a pilot, involved in espionage activities and said U.S. citizens in the future will have to seek visas to come to the OPEC nation.

Speaking during a rally, he said his government will prohibit some U.S. officials from entering Venezuela in retaliation for a similar measure by the government of President Barack Obama against a group of Venezuelan public officials.

“We have captured some U.S. citizens in undercover activities, espionage, trying to win over people in towns along the Venezuelan coast,” he said, adding one was a U.S. pilot taken in the convulsed border state of Tachira.

“In Tachira we captured a pilot of a U.S. plane (who is) of Latin origin (carrying) all kinds of documentation,” Maduro said, without offering details.

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HT: Right Scoop

Facebook Page Of 12 Year Old Conservative Yanked After His Viral Video Saying “Obama Doesn’t Love America”

You may recall we reported on CJ Pearson and his viral video criticizing Obama, saying he doesn’t love America. We thought he would face challenges, just not quite so soon. CJ is learning, at a very young age, being conservative means you will face media suppression and attack.

Via Examiner:

On Friday, C.J. Pearson, a 12-year-old conservative from Georgia who posted a viral video supporting Rudy Giuliani, discovered that his personal Facebook page was locked. In an exclusive interview with Examiner.com on Saturday, Pearson said he received a message from someone about 6 a.m. Friday. That’s when he learned his account and page had been locked for “suspicious activity.”

He jumped through all of Facebook’s hoops, but wasn’t able to recover his account. So he created a new profile to take its place. His public page was not affected, he said, however, he can no longer administer the page. Fortunately, he said, a friend is helping post links to that page.

As is so often the case in these situations, Facebook did not respond to his requests for help. Nor would they tell him what the alleged suspicious activity was. We reached out to Facebook, but the social media giant has so far refused to respond to our request for comments.

Pearson said he is working on legislation to lower the age of those serving in the state House and Senate. The legislation, which is set to be the subject of a hearing on Monday, would lower the age of House members from 21 to 18, and lower the age of state Senators from 25 to 21. Pearson said he was using Facebook to line up witnesses for the hearing, but Facebook’s actions have made that more difficult. He can’t read any messages sent to his old profile and the old page doesn’t show up.

On Monday, we reported that Pearson posted a video supporting former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. He also minced no words when he said that President Obama doesn’t love America.

“I don’t want to be politically correct. I don’t care about being politically correct at this point,” he said. “President Obama, you don’t love America.”

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Video: U.S. Bombing The Shiite Out Of ISIS…

Get some!

Jihadi Go Boom: U.S. Drone Strike In Central Yemen Takes Out 3 Suspected Al Qaeda Militants

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Feel good story of the day…

Via Daily Mail:

A suspected US drone strike Saturday in central Yemen killed three men believed to be al-Qaida militants, security officials said.

The officials said the attack took place in the town of Bijan in Yemen’s Shabwa province and that the nationalities of the men killed had not been established.

They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief journalists.

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Video: Iraqis Watching Incoming Convoy Terrified After They Realize It’s ISIS, “Oh Dear Mother, They Are Chanting Allahu Akbar!”

I can’t even begin to imagine what this feels like.

Via Daily Mail:

This is the moment terrified Iraqis recorded a convoy coming towards their home – and realised it was ISIS.

The men secretly filmed as trucks and lorries bearing the Islamic State’s distinctive black flag arrived in a cloud of dust and smoke.

One of the frightened civilians can be heard saying: ‘Oh dear mother, they are chanting Allahu Akbar!’ as a truck carrying a group of militants swoops into view.

The film starts with the vehicles appearing away in the distance as the occupants focus their camera on a cloud of dust.Another man then asks: ‘What is this, just tell me for God’s sake what is this?’ as a large lorry roars past and a truck transporting terrorists comes into view.

A frightened companion can be heard saying: ‘Oh dear mother, they are chanting Allahu-akbar.’

Moments later the screen goes black as the recorder is hastily turned off.

According to 9News, Kurdish-Girl91 wrote: ‘God were on the civilians (sic) side this day. ISIS were meters away but did not notice anything.’

Kim Jong Un Tells Army To Prepare For War With South Korea

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I’m always amused by the little tin pot dictator.

Via Daily Mail:

Kim Jong-Un has told North Korea’s military to prepare for war against the United States, saying he wants ‘to tear to pieces the Stars and Stripes’.

He also said that America does not have a ‘monopoly’ on nuclear weapons, adding: ‘The U.S. is seriously mistaken if it thinks its mainland is safe.’

The comments were made yesterday after America and South Korea held joint military exercises before announcing another eight-week operation due to take place from Monday.

Operation Foal Eagle will involve around 200,000 South Korean troops and another 3,700 U.S. personnel, spread over land, sea and air.

North Korea has also recently stepped up its own ground, air and naval drills, as tensions continue to rise on the fraught peninsula.

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Black Pastors To CBC Skipping Netanyahu Speech Is ‘Irresponsible And Immature’…

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CBC doesn’t want to chance losing donations from CAIR.

Via Washington Times

The message from a dozen prominent black pastors this week to the Congressional Black Caucus was loud and clear: Don’t skip out on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyuhu’s speech.

About two dozen House and Senate Democrats, most of them black caucus members, have said they will not attend Mr. Netanyahu’s speech Tuesday before a joint session of Congress, which one pastor described as a “slap in the face to the people of Israel.”

“The thing to me that makes no sense is why the Congressional Black Caucus has teamed up with this current administration against Israel,” said Pastor Dexter D. Sanders of the Rock Center for Transformation in Orlando, Florida.

“And yes, black caucus, I’m saying you have gone against Israel when you decide to protest the prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, from coming and speaking on the behalf of the nation of Israel,” Mr. Sanders said. “That is a slap in the face to the people of Israel, and not only that, it’s a slap in the face to God. And not only that, it’s also a slap in the face of all Bible-believing African-American people in this country.”[…]

“Charges from some members of the United States Congress about the breaking of protocol are no more than a very red herring,” Mr. Blye said. “The American people need to hear Israel’s voice on this urgent matter now. If one side of the aisle can facilitate this, so be it.”[…]

“Israel knows and understands Iran better than the rest of the world. This is not the time to involve ourselves in petty political maneuvering designed to embarrass our friend,” said Pastor Stephen Broden of the Fair Park Bible Fellowship in Dallas.

Pastor Harvey Burnett of the New Bethel Church of God in Christ in Peoria, Illinois, said he was “particularly saddened that our black leadership has conspired to spread disinformation that Israeli leaders seek to undermine the President of the United States.”

A number of left-wing groups, including Roots Action, Code Pink, American Muslims for Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace, has urged lawmakers not to attend as part of the #SkipTheSpeech campaign.

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Goodbye Illinois, Residents Are Leaving It For Other States

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Going, going, gone….

Via Chicago Tribune:

Even on days when the temperature is above zero, Illinois struggles to keep people here. They’re leaving, in droves, for states with sunnier economic opportunities.

New census data and other figures reveal the cold hard truth: More people are moving away than coming, tipping Illinois last year into the dreadful category of states with declining populations. From July 2013 to July 2014, Illinois shrank by about 10,000 residents in all, joining other states in decline such as West Virginia, Connecticut and Alaska.

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Asians Penalized 50 Points On SAT, Blacks Given 230 ‘Bonus’ Points…

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MLK’s dream has turned into a nightmare, judged based on the color of their skin. In the future, will a black person running for POTUS get ‘bonus’ electoral college votes?

Via LA Times

In a windowless classroom at an Arcadia tutoring center, parents crammed into child-sized desks and dug through their pockets and purses for pens as Ann Lee launches a PowerPoint presentation.

Her primer on college admissions begins with the basics: application deadlines, the relative virtues of the SAT versus the ACT and how many Advanced Placement tests to take.

Then she eases into a potentially incendiary topic — one that many counselors like her have learned they cannot avoid.

“Let’s talk about Asians,” she says.

Lee’s next slide shows three columns of numbers from a Princeton University study that tried to measure how race and ethnicity affect admissions by using SAT scores as a benchmark. It uses the term “bonus” to describe how many extra SAT points an applicant’s race is worth. She points to the first column.

African Americans received a “bonus” of 230 points, Lee says.

She points to the second column.

“Hispanics received a bonus of 185 points.”

The last column draws gasps.

Asian Americans, Lee says, are penalized by 50 points — in other words, they had to do that much better to win admission.

“Do Asians need higher test scores? Is it harder for Asians to get into college? The answer is yes,” Lee says.

“Zenme keyi,” one mother hisses in Chinese. How can this be possible?[…]

Lee is the co-founder of HS2 Academy, a college prep business that assumes that racial bias is a fact of college admissions and counsels students accordingly. At 10 centers across the state, the academy’s counselors teach countermeasures to Asian American applicants. The goal, Lee says, is to help prospective college students avoid coming off like another “cookie-cutter Asian.”

“Everyone is in orchestra and plays piano,” Lee says. “Everyone plays tennis. Everyone wants to be a doctor, and write about immigrating to America. You can’t get in with these cliche applications.”[…]

Complaints about bias in college admissions have persisted since at least the 1920s, when a Harvard University president tried to cap the number of Jewish students. In November, a group called Students for Fair Admissions filed a suit against Harvard University for admissions policies that allegedly discriminate against Asian Americans. The group cited the 2004 Princeton study and other sources that offer statistics about Asian Americans’ test performance.

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HT GOC