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Why Did New York’s Most Selective Public High School Admit Only 7 Black Students?

Why Did New York’s Most Selective Public High School Admit Only 7 Black Students?

Update: 2019-04-0247
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Nearly 900 students have been offered admission to one of New York City’s most elite public high schools. Just seven of those students are black. Guest: Eliza Shapiro, who covers New York City education for The New York Times. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily.

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Dan Davis

To all the women out there who blindly champion affirmative action (especially visa vis Title 9) consider this 2017 gender graduation table projecting out to 2026. https://www.aei.org/publication/prediction-no-2017-graduation-speaker-will-mention-this-the-growing-gender-college-degree-gap-favoring-women/ You are one federal court case decision away from male affirmative action denying you admittance if Title 9 is fairly enacted. At some point disproportionately admitting females over the male population of an institution could be seen as discrimination. Then what say you to affirmative action and quotas? Not arguing against women getting education, degrees and opportunity, but pointing out how "fair" can become unfair in time no matter the righteousness of the intent and purpose.

Apr 16th
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Cassie T.

it would have been nice to learn more about the inequity in education before middle school and how this happens. What prevented the earlier efforts from succeeding? Asian Americans have long been used as the model minority to make African and Latinx look like they just aren't working hard enough. It's ridiculous that inequity is only obvious when it's not white people in the majority. It's not about creating unfair "help", but mitigating disproportionate barriers and obstacles. That one set of communities had overcome some barriers or obstacles is not proof that barriers are acceptable or fair to either. I want to hear about the barriers from both groups.

Apr 6th
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Sunshine Bless

Mateus Oliveira true

Apr 11th
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Anna Kramer

Mateus Oliveira Precisely.

Apr 8th
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Anna Kramer

**I'm looking forward to ALL of Mayor Bill de Blasio's sweeping changes for equality!!**  As others have mentioned Asian numbers in the NBA and NFL are appaulingly low.  More Asians deserve to play on the Knicks and Giants.  The problem is us teachers and coaches never told Asian children, and their parents, they needed to practice football and basketball to make it onto the elite teams.  How could Asians possibly have known that perseverance and sweat on the field matters?!?  Obviously fault lies at the feet of our education system.  We have started to offer intensive after school sports programs for FREE.  Asians are not showing up.  That's ok!  Teachers expecting Asians to partake in grueling preparation to hone and perfect their skills is racist.

Apr 6th
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Anna Kramer

Anna Kramer *sp correction "appallingly"

Apr 6th
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김 준호

I will tell you what is a bigger issue... there isn't even close to 7 Asian NBA players... what we need to do is make our professional sports better represent the community. This isn't just a problem in the NBA but also the NFL and professional boxing. We need to come up with a better way to select athletes. better yet, university of Hawaii should have the same amount of NBA players as Duke or Kentucky every year

Apr 3rd
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wonderless age

I am glad the guest mentioned Chinatown as an example to demonstrate how much the chinese parents and community care about the test. Chinatown has been a place where the poor immigrants lived for centuries. So what makes these parents more aware of the test? Well, nobody from the governments or the school force this information on them. Where there is a will, there is a way. If you really want your children to live a life better than you, you have to voluntarily participate in school events, to read news, to learn from the people who raised successful children. These parents know the future is at the end of a bus route, and the bus is called test; and if you don't want to miss the bus you have to get up early, get your backpack ready and wait in the line. If you don't know there is a bus (how to get to a great future), you ask. It you don't know where the bus is (what test is available and where to take it), you ask. If you don't know when the bus will come (when to take the test and how much time it takes to prepare), you ask. If you don't know what you need to prepare in your backpack (what books to study and what classes to take), you ask. I am sure all this information is out there, publicly available at school, at library, at city's website and in the mind of the parents who raised successful children and are eager to share. But what the most important thing is that you and your children have to work hard, to get up early and to get ready and to wait in line. Imagine now, the city is telling part of the crowd: you don't need to get up early or get ready or wait, we will dispatch a limo to pick you up. So no rush! Guess what?Easy come, easy go. Those who don't lear to work hard or drive themselves will still fail. Gee! Republicans are not the only people who are dragging America backwards! The extreme Democrats are at least as competitive as the extreme Republicans.

Apr 3rd
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Xingbo Wu

yes please let everyone know those tests. problem solved.

Apr 3rd
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Jonathan Roseman

LOL at liberals portraying every test blacks do poorly on as a racist fraud. What kind of test would they consider fair to The Poor Blacks™? A basketball-dunking or freestyle rap contest?

Apr 2nd
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Keith Piotrowski

so basically you want to give it away. Those parents that sacrifice for their kids are just being told tough shit. This school makes you earn it which teaches young minds valuable lessons. YOU ARE FOOLS FOR TRYONG TO CHANGE THIS.

Apr 2nd
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Mateus Oliveira

Maybe (Just a thought) only 7 students who also happen to be black had the grades to get in and it had absolutely nothing to do with their race? Maybe that’s why Asian and Jewish students are always over represented in these schools (based on % of the general population). This is why affirmative action is a complete joke, you will now have liberals calling to completely change the rules where White or Asian students will still need to jump through the same hoops but they’ll lower the bar for other groups just so there’s more people with darker skin tones walking through the hallways even though they scored lower academically than the students who will be turned down because of their ethnicity.

Apr 2nd
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Roger Farias

Mateus Oliveira nice

Apr 14th
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Sunshine Bless

Mateus Oliveira I agree 💯

Apr 11th
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Gabriella Arroyo

they should do a 2-part thing... 70% get in through a test, 30% get in by taking and doing well in a 6th and 7th grade summer school program that teaches upper level math in science. Houston has middle school summer school programs that prepare you for high school math and science....its not that difficult to imagine it being applied here.

Apr 2nd
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Lukas Fehring

As somebody who is not American i feel like you guys are asking the wrong question. The real question should be: why do we even need those schools? why do you have an Elite that has got their own schools?

Apr 2nd
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Randall Li

this story does not give the other side of the argument for Asians and is biased.

Apr 2nd
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CJ

Randall Li A lot of my classmates went to Stuy, and they always joked that it was like 90% Asian (including Indians). It's like reverse affirmative action.

Apr 3rd
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Alex Mercedes

Randall Li not surprising that one report doesn't contain all points of view. so important to diversify our sources of information. listen, read and converse widely.

Apr 2nd
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Why Did New York’s Most Selective Public High School Admit Only 7 Black Students?

Why Did New York’s Most Selective Public High School Admit Only 7 Black Students?