Diversity or Excellence?

New York City’s liberals are outraged by the success of Asian-American kids on a key admissions test.

The admissions-test results for New York City’s “specialized high schools” were announced last week, followed inevitably by a spate of articles bemoaning the continued lack of diversity, in terms of black and Latino enrollment, at the highly selective schools, and by renewed calls from progressives to gut the test. In an article in the Summer 2014 issue of City Journal, I discussed how poor and working-class Asian-American kids from immigrant families have come to dominate enrollment at these eight schools—particularly the flagship Stuyvesant High School—and how the effort by Mayor Bill de Blasio and other affluent white liberals to replace the admissions test with “holistic” selection criteria would primarily benefit their own privileged children, rather than underrepresented minorities, at the expense of these Asian students. A subsequent study by the Research Alliance for New York City Schools at NYU confirmed this suspicion.

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  • Inspector Clouseau

    Ya let’s kick the smart kids to curb and let the low IQ twits take their place. They can take their ineptness, laziness and stupidity to the workforce, government and public at large. Before you know it … America will look just like Mexico without the nice weather.

    • Maggat

      We are well on our way, via the Ottawa liberal express.

  • LairdKintyre

    Stereotypes exist for a reason. And while what’s true for some or most ain’t nessasarly true for all, one can’t change the facts. We see examples every day of our lives. It goes hand in hand with developing ones instincts. Only a wilfully blind fool like someone suffering under a politically correct delusion or a SJW would deny the truth of their senses. I am talking about traits. It’s all encoded in our DNA. It’s what makes us all what we are. It’s scientific fact.

    • Watchman

      Stereotypes would make no sense if there was not a kernel of truth in the stereotype. You can’t conclude anything about an individual, but a stereotype does indicate a tendency within that group.

  • shasta

    Public schools have never been easy for students who are too far above or below average. They are picked on by the other students and many of their teachers. The smart ones learn to keep their head down and as a result under perform.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Me, I got a job when I was fourteen and kept my head down at school.
      There’s a reason I never went to any reunions.

  • terrence22

    Is NYC the place where they determined that they had to teach many teachers HOW TO READ?

  • k1962

    Yep. Dumb everything down instead of bringing everyone up to the high standards. Take a look at UBC med school requirements. You only need English, not the sciences or maths anymore. Poor kids who took all of the hard courses instead of the GPA boosters. Can’t wait to see what types of doctors they will be pumping out in 4 years :/