This local article is about a brewing controversy regarding admissions to the City of Boston’s three exam schools. Admission is currently based on grades and merit, as determined by the results of a standardized test. But because Black and Hispanic students are under-represented, the NAACP is leading the charge to force Boston to change how it selects students, threatening a lawsuit.
That the Boston Globe supports this effort is evident, both because of today’s coverage and the tenor of the article. There is nobody defending a merit-based system. The only “defense” offered is the slow-walking of all these proposed changes by the Boston Public Schools and the Mayor’s office. And this is taken for highlighting the opposing view?
There is a simple answer to this problem. Provide as much tutoring as needed or wanted by under-represented students so that those who study hard can ace the entrance exam. If Blacks and Hispanics were achieving higher scores and were unfairly being denied admittance, that would be a great reason for a lawsuit. Based on the Globe’s story, there is no good basis for the one being contemplated.
The highlighted quote is that the lawyer threatening the lawsuit says that time is of the essence: “Every school year that goes by, another group of children are deprived of an opportunity,” said Lauren Sampson.
What does she call it when a student who scores higher on a standardized test is denied admission? Would those unfairly denied students also be “deprived of an opportunity?” So Ms. Sampson wants to replace one deprived group with another. Very wise.
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