Analysis Of Elizabeth Anderson And Lawrence Blum Address Essay

876 Words Nov 16th, 2014 4 Pages
Education is important to individuals because it opens the door to rewarding careers, and places those individuals in elite positions of responsibility and leadership to serve others. However, one particular race dominates these rewarding careers. Elizabeth Anderson and Lawrence Blum address this in different ways. Anderson takes a top-down approach and the focuses on fostering racial diversity in order to make elites more diverse, thus furthering the public good. In contrast, Blum takes a bottom-top approach, and his focus is on the lack of opportunity for minorities to attend state schools, much less the elite ones. Blum presents the stronger argument as it focuses on the more urgent problem: the struggle for minority students to receive a college education, whether at an elite or state school because of segregation and defunding.
The advantaged and disadvantaged lose cultural capital as a result of segregation. Anderson argues that segregation enables the advantaged to provide goods for themselves, facilitate negative externalities for the disadvantaged, and perpetuate social segregation. She asserts that segregation deprives elites of the same knowledge, making them ignorant of the problems of the disadvantaged. Moreover, this lack of knowledge makes the advantaged less effective in their jobs. She uses the example of how a doctor’s lack of cultural knowledge of an immigrant community could lead to misdiagnosing immigrant patients. Anderson states that the…

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