Education

"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.


"We Must Face Persistent Racial Gaps in Academic Performance"

Stuart Taylor:

A few decades ago, it was widely assumed that better education, the expanding black middle class, and racial preferences themselves would bring the academic performance of black (and other minority) students closer to parity with that of whites and Asian-Americans. Racial preferences were viewed as a temporary expedient that would fade away. . . .

As I wrote in 2003, at the time there was “overwhelming evidence that the racial academic gap [was] enormous and ... [had] been growing for the past 15 years [since about 1988]. 

This reversed a trend of rapid progress in closing the racial gaps from the 1950s until about 1988. But over the three decades since 1988, there has been no significant decline in the test score gap between both black and Hispanic high school seniors and their white counterparts. 


"Our Rotten Liberal Arts Colleges"

Steven Hayward:

I have a hypothesis that I’ve not yet published anywhere, but it seems like the propitious time has arrived. My hypothesis is that while places like Berkeley, Colorado/Boulder, the University of Wisconsin, etc. have the rap for being the most politically correct and radical institutions of higher education, in fact they are relatively sane compared to small, elite private liberal arts colleges.