While gifted minority students are actively recruited by New York City private schools, they are statistically under-represented in NYC public Gifted & Talented programs.
The situation is even worse in the Specialized High Schools like Stuyvesant and Bronx Science.
The NAACP has filed a lawsuit to change the admissions criteria, triggering both support from those who believe that the test which determines acceptance is biased against those of color and the poor, and objections from those who argue that it is a true meritocracy, using the example of immigrant and working class Asian students who manage to pass it year after year in record numbers.
But, what about the minority students who do make it into Stuyvesant? The NYT featured one such story, here, in 2012.
A year later, the mother of a Black/Jewish son about to enter as a freshman wonders:
In 2013, of the 963 students accepted to Stuyvesant, the high school that requires the highest score on the admissions exam, exactly nine of them are African-American. Had they counted my son, they would have at least made it into the double-digits. However, because my son is biracial and refuses to check only one box, the city of New York literally doesn't count him at all in their overall racial statistics (“Isn't it cool, Mommy?” he asked me. “I'm an un-person, just like in 1984!”)
I'm not going to talk about the politics of that, either.
What I am going to talk about is the implication of sending my son to a school where he will be one of only 10 black students (if not less; just because nine were accepted, doesn't mean all nine will choose to go… conversely, there may be other biracial kids who also weren't counted like him, but I doubt that will seriously alter the proportions), and quite possibly the only black/Jewish one...
He’s 14 years old. Is that really a fair situation to put him in? Navigating high school is tough enough, does he really need to battle identity politics on top of that? wouldn't that time and effort better be spent mastering linear equations?
Read the entire piece and offer your opinion at: http://www.kveller.com/blog/parenting/will-my-son-be-the-only-black-jew-in-high-school/