Next weekend in and around 30,000 of Graders 8 (as well as some IX) in New York will be taken the specialized high school (SHSAT), trying to gain places in one of eight specialized city high schools, some of the best institutions not only in the city but the country. The three original: Stuyvesant, Brooklyn Tech, Bronx science have been renowned for decades not only rigorous educations but provide substantial graduates fed.
Much has been written in the press lately about the lack of diversity at these schools, although many of them are vastly different. Politicians in Albany are currently working to overturn a law that has been in place for over 40 years and has defended the legacy of these schools and their purely merit-based admission. The Mayor is trying to change the test itself, in spite of the above-mentioned law, as would be the magic bullet to increase the ratio of certain ethnic groups currently under-represented in the mix.
These proposed changes are now used by politicians on both sides: either in support of or against them, to curry favor with voters. The corner of diversity has been usurped by the Mayor as a platform to divert attention from systematic deep discrepancies between performance and successful little elementary and junior high schools. Is more attention to the parameters of the test with respect to the preparation of the students themselves who are or are not a score and perhaps as seats can level the playing field.
Let’s step away from rhetoric and recognize kids who will be sitting for this difficult test. The 30,000 young boys who are struggling for a rigorous and challenging study education as an option. Children who have studied, some for months, some for years, some with test preparation courses, some with, some tutors workbooks on them, devoting countless hours to improve their chances.These guys are here, from a number of middle schools, all stand up to the challenge to not only get to spend the next four years, devoting himself to learning and to prepare well for college.