Friday, March 29, 2019

Elite Schools Reflect Racial Realities

More egalitarian foolishness in New York City.

Gregory Hood, American Renaissance, March 25, 2019

There is nothing wrong with discrimination. “Discriminating” taste means good taste. An elite school discriminates against people who can’t meet standards. If an elite school admitted everyone, it wouldn’t be elite; discrimination makes it elite.

Stuyvesant High School, the most exclusive secondary school in New York City, offered admission to just seven black students out of 900 places next fall. Mainstream media are spouting the usual nonsense. Admission is based on a single standardized test, the SHSAT, but Janell Ross of NBC says the low crop of blacks “has sparked public outrage and raised more questions about the fairness of admissions standards for the city’s selective high-quality schools.” WCBS called the results “alarming,” and Mayor Bill de Blasio said it’s “not right” and “not fair.” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ view? “This is what injustice looks like.”

Injustice?

Stuyvesant High School is 74 percent Asian, and whites are only 18 percent. This is particularly noteworthy because the student pool from which Stuyvesant draws is 70 percent black and Hispanic and only 15 percent white and 15 percent Asian. In other words, Asians are four times more likely than whites to pass the test and get in. Of course, the New York Times promoted its story with a picture of two white students in the foreground, with a mostly-Asian swarm behind them. Steve Sailer suggested the paper wanted to remind readers of the smirking “privileged” students from Covington Catholic High School.

New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman explained that “white students generally have more means with which to prep for this [admissions test for elite schools], some doing it for years.” White students? Peter Kauffman, a former Hillary Clinton spokesman, pointed out the obvious: Most of the students are Asian. All the New York City selective schools that accept students based on the SHSAT admissions test are majority-minority—in some cases overwhelmingly Asian. Maggie Haberman’s response was a single word: “Cool.”

And “more means”? In June 2018, Richard Bernstein at RealClearInvestigations found that almost half of the students at Stuyvesant “qualify for free and subsidized lunches, a common measure of very modest financial circumstances.”...........To Read More.....

 

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