I do not always read Thomas Sowell’s column, because a lot of the time he offers “pie in the sky” responses to social matters. But in a recent column, he offered cogent comments on a matter dealing with education. Apparently, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is faced with an admittance “problem” with three of the crown jewels in NYC education: Brooklyn Technical High School, Stuyvesant High School and the Bronx High School of Science. There is a groundswell of opposition to the admittance procedure to these schools, highlighting the application of “privilege” objections. I applied to two of these schools and was not admitted (I was deficient in math). But several friends of mine that applied were admitted. They were natively intelligent, adept at math and the sciences, and they were not the children of privilege. They were the children of non-English speaking immigrants, who were cutters and pressers in the garment district, were masons, brick-layers and granite cutters, manual laborers. I deplore those who would want to apply the tag of “privilege” to such people. These students were gifted by nature; class had nothing to do with this process. Such toying by politics is counterproductive, to say the least. NYC education long ago based the admission to these outstanding schools that have produced, as Sowell points out, Nobel Prize recipients, on native talent, which is God-given.
The opponents of Common Core should take heed. Common Core would recognize natively talented students and apply the necessary measures to enhance this talent. Sowell should be praised by bringing this up in his column.
Joseph V. Ricapito