We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The public school administrators are focused on equalitarianism. A ton of money is spent on the lower level students and the gifted and smarter students are no longer focused on in the system. Socialism in education brings the upper end down to the middle which is viewed as not only fair but proper. It all operates just like socialism in tax policy. Mangle the upper end for the benefit of the free riders at the lower end. It's all so diverse and huggy feelie...just like Joe Biden.
Idiots like Comrade de Blasio blame the test or the high school for the lack of blacks (I doubt he cares about the number of whites) in Stuyvesant rather than the substandard development (educational and cultural) of blacks (and whites) that doesn't allow for greater representation at elite high schools.
I was trying to find the "Uncommon Knowledge" video with Thomas Sowell where he describes how there were more blacks admitted to Stuyvesant each year before the Great Society programs than after. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find it but I found this one that touches on the general ideas of this column. It is excellent. I commend it to anybody interested in the disparities in the educational results of blacks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6ImP-gJvas
The term "academic performance" can mean many things. For some, it means high intelligence. For others, it means more of a philosophical outlook. In either case, the students who are sent to Stuyvesant are being railroaded, no less than the kids who aren't. Oh sure, they will take advanced classes in math and science; and maybe even philosophy. But they will never, ever, be allowed to question the system.
Why do we pay taxes? Who gets the money? What if we didn't pay taxes?
Believe me, those questions will never be asked at Stuyvesant. Instead, students will be steered toward the holy grail: STEM. This "scientific" curriculum completely sidesteps the question of what life is all about. And it also eliminates the question of culture. It's a fake education.
Which brings me to the next point. America is an Anglo Saxon country. Not an Asian country. Yes, I know, we are supposed to be pluralistic; but there's a limit. Everyone has been indoctrinated into the PC culture so thoroughly that it has now become a moral crime to even discuss the subject of race. But discuss it we must. If our institutions of higher learning lose their Anglo Saxon roots, then there is a danger that the whole world will lose its freedom. No country teaches freedom like America. China sure as hell doesn't. The same goes for Japan, and the rest of the world.
So in order to preserve our heritage of freedom of expression, and inquiry, we will have no choice but to limit the number of black and Asian kids who enter our schools. Those two groups have no intellectual tradition of liberty; in fact they spring from communistic societies. If it were up to me, I would require that elite High Schools and Universities in America be 90% Anglo Saxon; and 70% male. This would ensure that our culture, mores, and traditions can be preserved, and handed down to the next generation.
The other option is to continue in our present direction: Bigger government, more political control, atomization of society, and finally, collapse.