New York City progressives can’t cry racism because how does that explain Asian students doing so well even though they’re a minority group. They can’t complain of cultural bias for the same reason. The honest truth is the Asian culture puts a greater value on education than blacks and Latinos.
While our black and Latino students are walking around with their pants hanging down to their ankles, Asian students are cracking the books. Unless we’re willing to be honest and deal with self-inflected wound, nothing will ever improve.
New York Post reports more black and Hispanic students took the entrance exam to get into the city’s elite high schools this year, but their pass rates were as dismal as ever, officials said Tuesday.
Of the 5,096 students accepted by eight specialized schools, just 5 percent were black and 7 percent were Hispanic.
Nationally recognized Staten Island Tech won’t have a single black student among its incoming class of 344 freshmen. Last year, it had five.
Bronx Science, consistently ranked one of the highest-achieving high schools in the city, sent admission letters to 968 middle-school students, but only 18 were black.
The story was much the same at Stuyvesant, where seven black students and 21 Hispanics were among the 952 who made the cut.
Even Brooklyn Tech, which Mayor de Blasio’s son, Dante, attends, will welcome just 127 black students and 130 Hispanics among 1,844 in its freshman class of ’14.
De Blasio has called for an overhaul of the admissions system, saying one exam shouldn’t be the sole criteria for selecting the most qualified students.
He would need the state Legislature’s approval to make changes at Stuyvesant, Bronx Science and Brooklyn Tech, which were initially regulated under state law.
“These schools are the jewels and the crown for our public-school system,” the mayor said. “They produce extraordinary leaders who will be part of the leadership of the city going forward.”
One parent leader said the city should improve elementary and middle schools to boost minorities, not scrap the high-school entrance test.
“Leave the exam alone and help our students meet the standards. The solution is to improve the elementary and middle schools in neighborhoods of color so the students can perform and pass the exam,” said Mona Davids, head of the New York City Parents Union.
The first knee-jerk reaction of progressives is to always dumb down the test instead of steeping up the students game. Opening more charter schools instead of trying to shut them down like Mayor de Blasio wants to do is a good first step.
Originally posted at The Last Tradition