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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Mar 31, Alasdair Ekpenyong rated it it was amazing. How did the schools arrive at a highly subjective process that weighs academics, athleticism, lineage, class and character? Questions karabbel access to education, the value of education and the quest to retain the power of those who had already received their education come through in page after page of well woven history.

I have just started it and am about 50 pages into it.


Account Options Sign in. Researched to the hilt, occasionally to an unwieldy extent I started to lose track of some of the admissions practices he’d refer to in shorthandbut VERY well worth reading if you want to understand how our vexed admissions system has come to be. Much of the correspondence he unearthed had never been chosenn at by anyone from the outside world before, and his reproductions of parts of those works tje deserves praise.

Racial Conflict and the Incorporation of Blacks.

Meticulous historical account of how exclusive Universities developed discretionary admissions policies to, first, restrict the merit-based entry of ethnic Jews. Although there is brief discussion about the increase in the number of students karsbel financial aid, there is absolutely no discussion about how that is increasingly less linked to the affluence of the parents ie, rich families that make their kids pay for their own education.

But the admissions policies of elite universities have long been both tightly controlled and Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

Admissions men and administrators tended to use the word “neurotic” or “disgruntled” as code to describe the Jewish student. Elizabeth rated it really liked it Oct 28, Also, it gave someone an inferiority complex about his level of intellectual curiosity, so I’m living.


Selected pages Title Page. If we laypeople look at college admissions today and smirk, “If only they listened to me, this could be easily fixed,” we’re being wildly naive. I have been reading it karahel over a month and am now at about page While the fight over admissions occasionally boiled over in public, Karabel makes his case most persuasively—and exhaustively—through thw reports and correspondence.

The schools completely lack any kind of class diversity. Brittany rated it really liked it Oct 10, And if you’re reading this book in addition to several hundred other pages of literary theory throughout your graduate school career you’re really not going to pick up the book with real enthusiasm at the end of the night. But the admissions policies of elite universities have long been both tightly controlled and shrouded in secrecy.

As the author notes, working class kids are the ones who are currently the least likely to benefit from the current admissions system. These elite Unis use that power to protect their role in the reproduction of power.

There would be 3 or more chapters covering the same time period from different perspectives, usually karabeo least one for each school, and there was huge overlap that was not really remarked upon other than to repeat the same contextual occurrences over and over again. A fascinating and appalling examination of how the anti-semitism of the administrations of each college shaped many of the admissions policies we take for granted today too many smart Jewish boys were applying in the early decades of the century; to keep their numbers down, the colleges started adding interviews, SAT scores, extracurricular ac My spouse finally finished reading aloud this epic examination of the cjosen policies and practices of the top three Ivies during the past century.

He has now begun examining education at Princeton, Harvard, and Yale which he says will be the focus of his book beginning about I renewed it twice and that’s the limit.

Dec 02, Emily rated it really liked it. Until the s, most major universities based admissions solely on academic distinction. The Chosen looks at the ‘Big Three’ Harvard, Yale, and Princeton and the admissions process for the respective institutions.


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

Why do we have to write essays? It also explains how we ended up with the existing admissions process of those schools, and subsequently all American colleges and universities in general. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Paperbackpages.

The overall theme of so much of our country’s public policy having been shaped by institutions This is a very, very, very long history of the admission policies of the “Big Three” Ivy League schools. References to this book Financing Public Universities: Who knew the reason why admissions policies are so wide-ranging in the USA were because they wanted to exclude Jews? Full of colorful characters including Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, James Bryant Conant, and Kingman Brewsterit shows how the ferocious battles over admissions at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton shaped the A A landmark work of social and cultural history, The Chosen vividly reveals the changing dynamics of power and privilege in America over the past century.

Please provide an email address. Here’s a few that I found on Wikipedia the Cheny ref was in the book He worked on this book for decades, and it certainly shows.

This magisterial history of admissions at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton is also a history of class in America, the concept and implementation of meritocracy, ethnic divisions, educational thought, and probably more things I haven’t thought of.

Jerome Karabel – Wikipedia

Jerome Karabel born is an American sociologist, political and social commentator, and Professor of Sociology at the University of California at Berkeley. Refresh and try again. Selected pages Title Page.

Kaarbel book goes over the colleges’ use of quotas for Jews and quotes some anti-Semitic remarks on the part of college presidents and others. 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.