January 23, 2014
'Yale College Seeks Smart Students from Poor Families'

"Reaching Beyond the Low-Hanging Fruit," the cover line reads. Then, "Yale College seeks smart students from poor families. They’re out there—but hard to find."
The most immediately obvious problem with the cover, of course, is that it casts poor students as fruit to be picked, as desirable consumer goods, rather than fully formed, intrinsically valuable human beings. 
Another problem is subtler but possibly more upsetting for the magazine’s intended audience: Yale graduates. Saying smart, low-income students are “out there” implies that they’re not “in here”—as in, they’re not part of the Yale community already. They’re on the outside, waiting to be let in. 
Read more. [Image: Yale Alumni Magazine]

'Yale College Seeks Smart Students from Poor Families'

"Reaching Beyond the Low-Hanging Fruit," the cover line reads. Then, "Yale College seeks smart students from poor families. They’re out there—but hard to find."

The most immediately obvious problem with the cover, of course, is that it casts poor students as fruit to be picked, as desirable consumer goods, rather than fully formed, intrinsically valuable human beings. 

Another problem is subtler but possibly more upsetting for the magazine’s intended audience: Yale graduates. Saying smart, low-income students are “out there” implies that they’re not “in here”—as in, they’re not part of the Yale community already. They’re on the outside, waiting to be let in.

Read more. [Image: Yale Alumni Magazine]

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    "They’re out there—but hard to find." Are you kidding me?
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