Pure meritocracy at few schools

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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2 Replies to “Pure meritocracy at few schools”

  1. Wonder when these “reformers” are going to implement reforms to high school and college football and basketball team selection procedures to stop the over-representation of Black students on these teams and to ensure that Asian and Hispanic students are selected for these teams (and actually play in games) in rough proportion to their percentage in the population? Surely, society would benefit from diverse high school and college football and basketball teams!

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  2. Labor Lawyer: If diversity is so important a goal in education, then why isn’t it a goal in athletics? The usual answer is that the best students make the teams. Well, I say the same thing should apply to enrollment in college. Only the best students should be admitted.

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