New York City is merely the latest venue for the debate over which students should be admitted to specialized schools (“NYC education groups hold opposing rallies over the fate of controversial admission rules,” New York Daily News, Oct. 23). Across the country, the trend is toward placing greater emphasis on diversity than on ability.
I’ve never understood how we help students to gain admission to schools for which they are not suited. We talk so much these days about building self-esteem in young people. But when they realize they are over their heads and drop out, their egos are severely bruised.
I think all students are best served when they are enrolled in schools commensurate with their wherewithal. If that does not produce the desired diverse mix of students, so be it. Tracking is not racially-based. It is an acknowledgement that students differ widely in their aptitude.
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