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December 2018

"Parents hate de Blasio’s racist plans for the city’s top schools"

About the most encouraging news on the political/social front that I've seen lately.

De Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza want to replace the now-race-blind system for entry to Stuyvesant, Bronx Science and other elite schools with a scheme that would admit many more black and Hispanic kids. The parents saw two big problems there.

First, the “beneficiaries” might be getting set up to fail. The mayor wants these schools to admit the highest performers from terrible middle schools. Will they truly be prepared for the high schools’ demands? As one parent put it, “An A in Brooklyn may not be the same as an A in Manhattan.”

Josh Wallack, the Department of Education enrollment chief, lamely insisted the kids would be ready for the challenge.

A second issue: All black and Hispanic teens admitted under the new rules — even those who would’ve gotten in under the race-blind ones — could face doubts (perhaps including their own) about whether they really belong. Parents rightly fear this will expose their kids to all manner of bias.

"A Valediction"

John Podhoretz states what he's learned after 40 years of reviewing movies. This is just perfect:

The question I’ve been asked the most across the decades—besides “What’s your favorite movie?” to which the only correct answer is The Godfather, and that goes for you too and everyone else alive, because if you answer it differently you’re wrong . . .