Education and HBD in the NY Times
1. In a high school in Greenville, South Carolina, the percent of students graduating from high school is rising. But it turns out, their performance on standardized tests is simultaneously falling. “Only one in 10 Berea students were ready for college-level work in reading, and about one in 14 were ready for entry-level college math.” The value of a high school diploma as a mechanism for certifying that the holder has some minimum level of ability becomes worthless if everyone is given a high school diploma.
The high school in the article is 38% white, 30% black and 28% Hispanic. The white students probably have parents who are too poor or too unconcerned about their children’s wellbeing to move to a better school district.
2. The West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District in New Jersey has the exact opposite problem. Too many Asian students. The students are 65% Asian.
A white parent told the NY Times, “My son was in fourth grade and told me, ‘I’m not going to amount to anything because I have nothing to put on my résumé.’” The district is trying to make the schools less stressful, and the Asian parents are complaining about that, saying that the whites are trying to “hold their children back.”
Asian parents just don’t understand the benefits of self-actualization.