When only 10 black students were admitted to Stuyvesant High School, one of New York City’s elite schools with a worldwide reputation for excellence, critics once again called for elimination of the standardized test that is the sole basis for enrollment (“This Year, Only 10 Black Students Got Into N.Y.C.’s Top High School,” The New York Times, Mar. 19.)
Diversity is indeed a worthy goal, but admitting students who lack the aptitude to compete with their classmates sets them up for failure. They then drop out, with their self-esteem severely damaged. Yet critics persist in demanding the admission of more black students in proportion to their number in New York City.
The best way to increase racial diversity in elite high schools is to begin working with black students early in their education. Waiting until they are in middle school is way too late.
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