Base admissions to high schools on performance

New York City, home of the nation’s largest school system, finally is getting real about admissions to its schools (“In a Reversal, New York City Tightens Admissions to Some Top Schools,” The New York Times, Sept. 29). From now on, it will base admissions on student performance, rather than on diversity.

I’ve never understood how we help students by admitting them to schools largely on their race.  When students of any race find out that they can’t handle the rigorous work, they will either drop out or act out. If admitting students solely on their previous grades results in a lopsided class of any race, so be it.

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