When the subject is pure meritocracy in admissions, Asian students continue to dominate (“Teachers at Stuyvesant High School revolt amid softened academic policy,” New York Post). Two institutions stand out in this regard: Stuyvesant High School and the California Institute of Technology.
New York City’s most prestigious high school is Stuyvesant High school, where admission is strictly based on the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test. As a result, Asians constitute 73 percent of the student body. At Cal Tech, where admission is based solely on test scores and grades, they make up 40 percent of undergraduate enrollment.
Despite both schools’ world-class reputation, pressure is building to diversify their student bodies. I maintain that the way to do so is not to lower standards for admission but to improve the quality of education all races receive. It seems that reformers are determined to dilute excellence in the name of ideology.
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