Skip to comments.To Be Black at Stuyvesant High
Posted on 02/25/2012 12:51:13 PM PST by reaganaut1
When the bell rings and the schools 3,295 students spill out of classrooms into the maze of hallways, escalators and stairs like ants in a farm, blacks stand out because they are so rare. Rudi was one of 64 black students four years ago when she entered Stuyvesant, long considered New York Citys flagship public school. She is now one of 40.
Asians, on the other hand, make up 72.5 percent of Stuyvesants student body (they are 13.7 percent of the citys overall public school population), a staggering increase from 1970, when they were 6 percent of Stuyvesant students, according to state enrollment statistics. Back then, white students made up 79 percent of Stuyvesants enrollment; this year, they are 24 percent, and 14.9 percent systemwide.
Hispanic students are 40.3 percent of the system. Currently, they make up 2.4 percent of Stuyvesants enrollment, while blacks, who make up 32 percent of the citys public school students, are 1.2 percent.
New York City has eight specialized high schools whose admission is based entirely on the results of an entrance exam, a meritocratic system that does not consider race or ethnicity.
No one claims that the disparity is caused by overt discrimination. But in a school that is devised to attract the best of the best, parents and educators alike find the demographics troubling. It has become a question of perception as to who belongs.
Many Stuyvesant students start preparing for the exam months, even years, in advance. There are after-school, weekend and summer classes run by large companies like Kaplan and Princeton Review, as well as by neighborhood outfits like Aim Academy, in the predominantly Chinese enclave of Flushing, Queens, and the Khans Tutorial branch in nearby Jackson Heights, home to thousands of families from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
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Admission is merit based at eight schools? What in the world is wrong with NYC allowing that to happen? What an atrocity. Just look at what happened to the racial makeup os Stuyvesant High.
Just illustrates how hatred is self-destructive in the end.
Might be due in part to the fact that most Asian families take the education of the children as Job One.
Does “asian” also include Muslims?
What’s more interesting to me is the black numbers. They climbed from 1970 t 1975, during the period when Affirmative Action meant non-discrimination. Then they plummeted even with the quotas from 1975 on. Also, enlarging of the welfare state and further disintegration of the black family didn’t help either. What does that mean? We Ain’t Getting Nowhere with liberal policies, we’re going backwards now.
Not Asian in the British sense, but what Americans consider Asians.
And 59 percent of students are boys, and 41 percent are girls.
Year-to-date attendance is 97.8 percent. 97 to 99 percent of the students graduate, and the dropout rate is consistently less than 0.5 percent.
What are the important numbers here? Yes, it’s a rhetorical question . . .
It’s all explained here, in statistical, data-driven, nonPC terms:
“parents and educators alike find the demographics troubling”
Then go to your encounter group and emote for awhile. That oughta do it for you.
Much further up the track was Boston College High school. At the time the deposits were ready each day, the school's children would be getting out and going home. The trolleys would be filled with these high school students.
These trains / trolleys are fairly large and each one would be segregated by the students themselves. In one end of the train the black students would be screaming, yelling, running around, making out on the verge of intercourse and rarely did anyone of them have a backpack or carry a book.
In the front of the train were the Asian students. All of them reading, studying, each one with a backpack crammed full with books. Sometimes you would see one or two of them quietly speaking to each other, books open.
I would see this every day, week after week.
One of the main stations the train ran through was Coley Station. many of the black students got off at this stop and quite often I was fights, sometimes huge fights. I remember an MBTA officer ( also black ) telling me “ Every day...every damned day they do this ...”
Is there any other segment in our society that frowns on education?
I don't know how I got in - I just got lucky on the admissions test.
The Culture Curve. There is no Bell Curve.
Many White youts around here are so busy imitating Black urban culture (rough/vulgar/tough/stupid) that they're missing the boat too.
I graduated from Stuy in 1970, and perusing my yearbook can report that 48 of 638 (7.5%) fellow grads were black. The school was 99+% male at that point.
Back in the day I never heard of any prep courses offered for the test and most of us probably went in cold and winged it.
I was lucky that my house was 3 blocks away so I never had to endure a ridiculous subway commute like so many of my peers.
As postscript to this article is the continued success we enjoy in the yearly Intel Science Talent Search, a nationwide competition that we routinely dominate. Pardon me while I crow ...
2012 Intel Talent Search Semi-Finalists: 13/300 = 4.3%
2012 Intel Talent Search Finalists 2/40 = 5.0%
For comparison the entire state of California had 10 finalists, 34 states had no finalists and no other high school had more than 1.
Yowsuh! Just par for the course baby ...
PS - Go Giants!
Well, perhaps the academic inabilities themselves are self-inflicted. Many of the black students certainly don't want their friends to see them "acting white" by doing well in school.
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