In an attempt to diversify the student body at elite high schools, efforts are underway to water down the standards for admission (“Judge Strikes Down Elite Virginia High School’s Admissions Rules,” The New York Times, Feb. 27). I submit that this is totally counterproductive.
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology is a case in point. It changed its rules for admission in late 2020 because they failed to produce the desired percentages of Black and Hispanic students. As a result, the number of Asian students fell from 73 percent to 54 percent.
Where is it written that graduation from a marquee-name high school is a prerequisite for a productive and gratifying life? A performing arts school, for example, can be even more helpful for that goal. Why aren’t they being sued for having a student body that is not ideal?
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