Tuesday, April 23, 2002

Yellow v. Board of Education – How do liberals define diversity in our public schools? The answer may surprise you.

Take a look at the student ratios (Percentage of Student Body by Race) at two Bay Area high schools below:

School A – 75:20:2:3
School B – 19:71:3:7

Both schools are among the highest rated public high schools in California, sending over 98% of their graduating classes to college. But that is where the similarity ends.

While School A is hailed as a “beacon of excellence and diversity” by its Superintendent and local Board of Education, School B has been described as being “racially balkanized” by local school authorities. Just what makes these schools so different that School B has instituted racial and ethnic quotas for its students while School A maintains the status quo?

The answer to this question becomes perfectly clear if you know composition of the student ratios listed for the two schools:

White: Asian: Black: Hispanic

Separated by only a 30 minute drive, predominantly-white Piedmont High School in Oakland (School A) and predominantly-Asian Lowell High School in San Francisco (School B) are worlds apart when it comes to the treatment of prospective students. While authorities at Piedmont High School admit all students whose parents are able to afford a nearby $1.5 million-dollar home, school chiefs at Lowell High School are determined to find excuses for refusing admission to Asian-American students who score higher on entrance exams than their non-Asian peers. In recent years, the San Francisco Unifed School District has applied everything from income tests to the infamous "One Drop Rule" --all in an effort to stem the rise of Asian-American enrollment in the public school system.

With their children as the primary victims of Affirmative Action in education, Asian-American parents in San Francisco are on the verge of open revolt against the local school authorities. They’re even considering forming their own school district. As we approach the anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, Asian-American students are still struggling to reach “separate but equal” standards declared unconstitutional nearly fifty years ago.

Why are the Bay Area liberals who control the public education monopolies continuing to hold Asian-American students to a higher standard than white students?


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