From the NY Times:
Officials of the University of California system have proposed asking incoming freshmen to identify their sexual orientation, a move that might cement such declarations as an emerging topic in the college admissions process.
ABC News reports that the Academic Senate of the University of California system initiated the proposal to ensure that services are provided for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.
Elmhurst College, in Illinois, announced last year that it would ask students about their sexual orientation on its admission application, making it the first college believed to make such a move. Students who identified themselves as gay were eligible for a diversity scholarship.
As one commenter wrote:
Detractors, including some sitting judges, believe the question is intrusive, explains the Los Angeles Times. Unlike race or sex, sexual and gender identity are private matters. Individuals can choose to divulge the information on their own terms.
Critics also suggest gender and sexual identity are immaterial. Judicial appointments should be about competence, not filling a quota. But can't the same argument be made about sex, race and ethnicity?
To this end, isn't asking California judges any question about their personal identity inappropriate?
Can these questions and remarks be rephrased to address what's occurring for college students having to proclaim their sexual identity?
Student achievement should be about competence, not filling a quota (or scholarship requirement).
To this end, isn't asking California students any question about their personal identity inappropriate?