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Robert Weissberg


Professor Weissberg taught at Cornell University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and NYU on the subjects of public opinion, elections, and education policy. He’s written 11 books, including Bad Students, Not Bad Schools (Routledge, 2010).

  • The Warren Rule, Part Two: The Pushback to Ending Racial Preferences

    By Robert Weissberg | February 17, 2020
    Last week I wrote about the first stage in my proposed plan to end racial preferences in the U.S. university system by using the ready availability of genetic testing services, such as 23andMe and others, to broaden the definitions of multicultural identity to the point where these distinctions become meaningless. I’ve named it “The Warren Rule,” in honor of the Massachusetts senator who identified as Native American despite having a genetic link to the continent’s original inhabitants of…
  • The Warren Rule: A Modest Proposal to End Racial Preferences

    By Robert Weissberg | February 10, 2020
    Racial preferences in higher education continue to linger despite numerous efforts to kill them off. Yes, voters can ban them, research can show their pernicious impact on intended beneficiaries, and judges can narrow their scope. However, they still persist and nothing on the horizon suggests that the end is near.

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