Skip to comments.At Magnet School, An Asian Plurality
Posted on 07/07/2008 6:33:25 AM PDT by liberallarry
Asian American students will outnumber white classmates for the first time in the freshman class at the region's most prestigious public magnet school this fall, a milestone reached as the number of African Americans and Hispanics has remained low and the Fairfax County School Board prepares to review the school's admission policy.
The rising concentration of Asian Americans at T.J. mirrors demographic trends in other elite math and science magnet schools. In New York, the selective and specialized Stuyvesant High School, Bronx High School of Science and Brooklyn Technical High School have Asian American majorities, although about 10 percent of the metropolitan population is of Asian descent. In San Francisco, Asian Americans make up more than 60 percent of the students at selective Lowell High School and about a third of the city's population.
The demographic imbalance in top public magnet schools has become a sensitive issue, however. Black and Hispanic students often are vastly under-represented. Many of the schools struggle to reflect the diversity of the wider population while maintaining a transparent admissions process with uniformly high standards.
Jenny Tsai, a recent Harvard University graduate, wrote her thesis about what she perceived as a growing sentiment that "too many Asians" were at top magnet schools. She attended the selective Hunter College High School in New York, where she sensed "a certain level of anxiety" as the portion of Asian American students in the entering class grew from less than a third to more than half between 1997 and 2003. Tsai said some students felt a need to justify their admission or their contributions.
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Obama ain’t gonna like this...
See also: “An affirmative action policy that allowed racial and ethnic variations in academic benchmarks was abandoned in the late 1990s. Afterward, admissions of black and Hispanic students plummeted. In 2001, nine black or Hispanic students were admitted, down from nearly 50 in 1994, according to the board’s Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee.” It is really just a matter of time until all this overachievement is drowned again in a sea of affirmative action.
Maybe they qualified and others didn’t. It’s just a thought.
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Silly you! Obama's gonna send you to re-education camp.
Who’s that! And what kind of education does she provide?
She is a realdoll for sure.
I know all those arguments. I’m just not convinced.
Looks to me like her specialty is heartache.
Maybe they should be ‘bussed’ to all the other schools to even things out?
(hey, they thought it would work for other minority groups)
I agree with amd -
it’s not genetics, it’s not skin color or the shape of the eye,
it’s the culture and the culture’s values that are at work here,
both at the positive and negative end of the academic achievement scale.
Just like the old days when it was thought that a black child would instantly perform better because he was sitting next to a white child.
I work with a slew of Asian Scientists. Most are quite intelligent, some not so much. All of them got where they are through hard work.
Recent research has shown that very small differences in DNA ARE very important. How much DNA do we have in common with chimps? Something like 99 or 99.5 percent.
Oh yeah. No denying the value of hard work and culture. Just no denying the value of genes either.
IT is not genetics, it is attitude. Blacks from Africa, genetically identical to American blacks, come over to the USA and are very successful - because they are hardworking and positive about the future.
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