Despite the best efforts of schools to narrow the achievement gap between whites and Asians on one side and blacks and Hispanics on the other, it persists (“The Cost of America’s Cultural Revolution,” City Journal, Dec. 9). This has led reformers to argue that racism is the cause.
In New York City, for example, admission to the system’s elite high schools is based solely on a standardized test. But because so few blacks and Hispanics score well, reformers want to eliminate the test. This will allow more students from these two groups to enroll, but at what cost?
Diversity is a worthy goal, but it unintentionally hurts students who are not prepared to handle rigorous academic work. Students lacking academic wherewithal would be far better served with a vocational curriculum. There is nothing inferior about vocational education.
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