(Paul Mirengoff) Let’s imagine an academically elite public high school in a big, diverse city. Admission is based solely on how well one does on an entrance examination. No racial or ethnic preferences, no preference for children of alums, no preference for athletes, no guidance counselor recommendations. Just the test score.
We have imagined Stuyvesant High School, the crown jewel of the New York City school system.
In a better world, we wouldn’t care about the racial and ethnic composition of the Stuyvesant student body. That it’s the strongest it can be, in academic terms, would be all that mattered.
Here, for purposes of the world we actually live in, is the breakdown of the entering freshman class at Stuyvesant:
Asian — 613
White — 151
Hispanic — 27
Black — 10
These numbers don’t sit well with Mayor Bill de Blasio. Interestingly, though, his son just graduated from Brooklyn Tech, another elite high school with