In a school system not noted for its overall quality, New York City can still be proud of eight exceptions. But if Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Richard Carranza have their way, the eight top high schools will be undermined (“De Blasio’s war on excellent schools,” New York Post, Oct. 22).
The plan is to grant admission to the top seven percent of students in every public middle school in the name of diversity and equity. The trouble is that some 318 students who don’t demonstrate basic proficiency in the eighth grade would get in. What will happen is that these students will be placed in remedial classes or drop out. There is no way they can compete with their more highly qualified classmates.
I understand the argument about diversity. But all that should matter is the ability of students to do the work. If that results in a student population that is disproportionately racially imbalanced, so be it. I fail to see how we help students by enrolling them in classes far beyond their ability. All we do is set them up for failure.
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