Stuyvesant High, where admission is determined solely on academic ability, announces its incoming freshman class:
Kay Hymovitz points to the demographic breakdownof the entering freshman class at Stuyvesant High School. Stuyvesant is one of New York’s specialized public high schools where entrance is determined solely by Specialized High School Admission Test scores:
—Stuyvesant offered admission to 9 black students; 24 Latino students; 177 white students; and 620 students who identify as Asian.
It’s possible that the “white” numbers are down somewhat because in NYC’s increasingly “rich man, poor man” society with no middle class, the wealthy whites may ship their progeny off to private school. Still, the discrepancy between races is interesting and someone might want to look into why one culture is doing so much better at inculcating a determination to excel in its youngsters (hint: it probably doesn’t emphasize expensive sneakers, video games and pills from mom’s medicine cabinet).
And while it’s the racial composition that’s drawing the media’s attention: nothing scarier than to see the faces of those who are eating the lunch of the children of us white folks, of more local interest is that, although Stuyvesant has a curriculum rich in humanities (and check the link to see what a real school looks like), does anyone really think the draw is its auditorium? Instead of another MISA committee, maybe our BOE should form a committee to travel to lower Manhattan and learn how quality education is done. And then bring some ideas back home.