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Friday, June 15, 2018
A great high school and the mayor who would diminish it
Ed. New York City’s
Marxist Mayor, Bill de Blasio, has decided that members ofDemocrat voting blocs are not receiving the
proper preferential treatment in a City high school and that, of course, must
After all, reward must be based upon "diversity," not something as ephemeral as merit.
article appeared in Powerline on June 14th
By Paul Mirengoff
Let’s imagine an
academically elite public high school in a big, diverse city. Admission is
based solely on how well one does on an entrance examination. No racial or
ethnic preferences, no preference for children of alums, no preference for
athletes, no guidance counselor recommendations. Just the test score.
We have imagined
Stuyvesant High School, the
crown jewel of the New York City school system.
In a better world, we
wouldn’t care about the racial and ethnic composition of the Stuyvesant student
body. That it’s the strongest it can be, in academic terms, would be all that
Here, for purposes of
the world we actually live in, is the breakdown of the entering freshman class
Asian — 613
White — 151
Hispanic — 27
Black — 10
These numbers don’t
sit well with Mayor Bill de Blasio. Interestingly, though, his son just
graduated from Brooklyn Tech, another elite high school with a similar racial
and ethnic balance.
De Blasio proposes to
do away with the entrance exam altogether. As Richard
Cohen, a liberal columnist for the Washington Post writes, this would
destroy a system that “epitomized the American dream and — as [President] Trump
might say — made America great.”
De Blasio and Wife
Short of abolishing
the exam, de Blasio will, for now, set
aside 20 percent of slots at Stuyvesant (and other special schools like
Brooklyn Tech) for “low income students” who “almost” pass the exam.
Assuming this is a
way to admit more Blacks and Hispanics (otherwise, from de Blasio’s
perspective, what’s the point?), we’re talking about an increase of up to 160
such students. Add that to the nearly 40 slots actually earned by Blacks and
Hispanics, and the student body would approach 25 percent Black/Hispanic.
But Blacks and
Hispanics comprise approximately 67 percent of New York public school student
population. Thus, de Blasio’s set aside won’t satisfy the “diversity”
imperative, as leftists like the mayor conceive it. This means it won’t be the
end of the discriminatory mischief.
The set aside will,
however, substantially dilute the quality of the Stuyvesant student body. For
it will take an awfully broad definition of “almost” to find 160 Black and
Hispanic students whose score was almost good enough to secure admission.
(Indeed, if de Blasio were to grant admission on a color blind basis to “almost
made it” students from low income families, Asian representation would likely
increase because the children of poor Asian immigrants probably predominate
among students from low income families who narrowly miss.)
But why should any
“almost made its” be admitted based on their skin color or national origin? Put
aside the fact that it’s against our national interest in promoting excellence
to treat being almost good enough as being good enough. The harsh reality is
that each slot filled by an “almost” deprives a more deserving candidate of the
opportunity to attend Stuyvesant.
Nor is it the case
that the candidates likely to be deprived of admission in the name of
increasing racial and ethnic diversity have economic advantages the “almosts”
lack. The statistics tell us that most of the applicants who would lose out if
the test were eliminated or de-emphasized in the quest for diversity would be
be Asian. And many would be the children of poor
greatly so their kids can make it to into elite schools like Stuyvesant.
They rise early, making sure before they head to work that the homework has
been done. Then, they work brutally long hours waiting tables, washing dishes,
and cleaning hotel rooms. Often, they put aside money from their scant to have
their kids prepped for the Stuyvesant admissions test (one family allocated
$5,000 for classes for their three sons out of a yearly household income of
just $26,000 — talk about a set aside!).
Meanwhile, the kids
push themselves to meet their parents expectations and to pull themselves into
the middle class and beyond.
I agree with Cohen:
[The students] and their parents played by the rules and studied hard.
Why should they be deprived — on the basis of race or ethnicity — of what they
They shouldn’t be. De
Blasio simply wants to dole out privileges and benefits to favored
The right way for
these constituencies — and for Whites as well — to increase their
representation at elite public high schools is for parents to push their kids
and for the kids to push themselves. That’s the American way, or at least the
The dream is still
viable. The success of New York’s Asian immigrant families proves it.