Novos Estudos - CEBRAP
Print version ISSN 0101-3300
DURHAM, Eunice R.. Inequality in education and quotas for black students in universities.Translated byJulia Maria Dias Negreiros. Novos estud. - CEBRAP [online]. 2005, vol.1Selected edition, pp. 0-0. ISSN 0101-3300.
This article discusses the proposed definition of quotas for black students in universities in view of the widespread inequalities in the Brazilian educational system. The author defends that the proposed measure would lead to limitations and distortions, for it is based on rigid, artificial categories, in sharp contrast with the country's ethnic heterogeneity, and fails to consider key factors in the schooling experience of afro-descendants. The study of statistical series has shown that in spite of the progress made, there is still a great educational gap dividing white students from black and mulatto students. This led the author to conclude that public initiatives geared to reinforcing basic skills would constitute a more effective affirmative action than the establishment of quotas.
Keywords : educational gap; inequality; affirmative policy; racial discrimination.