This was a good one. Thanks. The paragraph that really caught my eye is this one,
>"There is a single two-and-a-half hour multiple choice >test that is the sole criterion for admissions," said >Rachel Kleinman of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. "So, no >matter how good your grades are, no matter what your >teachers say about you, you could win the national >spelling bee. None of that matters."
Allow me to deconstruct it for our friends at home.
First of all, can you imagine a fairer and more objective criterion for admission to a school? And, by "imagine" I do not mean fantasize. Sure, if we could do a Vulcan Mind Meld http://youtu.be/p_5Dt-kNgz8 http://youtu.be/KVTnBpV0O1o on every student, we would have perfect information. Until then, we will have to make do with the possible.
Second, Rachel Kleinman's statement is revealing in ways I feel sure she did not intend. Kleinman complains that grades and teacher evaluations do not count. So, we already know that the grading system in American schools is hopelessly corrupt. Furthermore, Kleinman is assuming there are legions of black and brown students with superb teacher evaluations, who are not being admitted. This may be true, but it seems she cannot imagine that a teacher might also be unfairly critical of a student, thus unfairly limiting that student's chance of getting into Stuyvesant.
This possibility is obvious to anyone. It is, in fact, one of the reasons the admissions process is structured as it is: to protect academically able students from antagonistic teachers. Well, why is Kleinman blind to this alternative possibility? Is she stupid? Is she ideologically blinkered? I think not. I think she knows, as we all know, that The Prime Directive puts irresistible pressure on teachers and administrators to favorably evaluate black and brown students.
Yes, of course, not every black or brown students has good teacher evaluations. If a student is excessively absent or violent or disruptive in some other way, is not academically able, or actively works against the school and against himself in some way, his evaluations will be poor. But, any black or brown student with even a hint of academic performance will be lionized. We know there are minority students who graduate high school even though they write and calculate at an 8th grade level, at best.
Let's be honest about this, for once. This legal action by the NAACP means exactly one thing and one thing only: they want to promote The Prime Directive, and they are willing to put their thumbs on the scales of justice to do so.
Let me add, finally, that "they" (aka, The Education Mafia and their "Running Dogs") are just as eager to knock out white and Asian students as they are to promote the interests of black and brown students. The Prime Directive means reducing The Gap. And, while it may be perfectly true that they prefer to reduce The Gap by raising the achievement of non-white non-male students, reducing The Gap is the overarching goal, it is The Prime Directive, and they will strive for that goal "By whatever means necessary".