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Exams Schools Revisited by an Alumna from One
on November 12, 2012
I attended the Bronx High School of Science which is an exam school requiring aspirants to score well on the entrance examination but with no consideration given to teacher recommendations or other criteria for admission. The author votes in favor of these other criteria which can be used to permit admission to African-Americans, Hispanics, and other under-represented minorities. The editorial in today's NY Times calls for using these other criteria too. I think that rather than dumb down the curriculum, it is preferable to make sure that every one attending a public middle school in New York City, receives the academic support needed to do well on an entrance examination. The book however, is useful as an overview of how schools for the gifted can be structured and the how students can best be prepared for their futures. Teaching for state tests has consequences, not all of them favorable.