Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Flight of the Intellectually Lazy

This was mildly amusing, The Wall Street Journal Weekend Edition (11/19/05) has a story titled "The New White Flight" - certainly an attention grabber. Anyway, here's the tag line:
In Silicon Valley, two high schools with outstanding academic reputations are losing white students as Asian students move in. Why?
Interesting, and I figured it might have something to do with the fact that 'Asian' communities aren't created equal (Filipino communities, for example, tend to more closely resemble Hispanic communities than Chinese communities; but both are shoveled into 'Asian'), or maybe it had to do with demographic trends in the communities. However, in the back of my mind I knew the real answer, but figured they would NEVER put the THE TRUTH in an article like this, much like you'd never get a truthful answer concerning white flight from increasingly black schools. Much to my surprise, the white parents come right out and say it - "We want to be stooopid!":
Whites aren't quitting the schools because the schools are failing academically. Quite the contrary: Many white parents say they're leaving because the schools are too academically driven and too narrowly invested in subjects such as math and science at the expense of extracurriculars like sports and other personal interests.
I was mulling my bit earlier with the college that had students taking BS courses like 'cultural diversity' and whatnot. I mused "Do you think they waste time with crap like that with engineering students in China or India?” Now though, it becomes clearer; those crap classes weren't foisted upon an unwilling public, but demanded by lazy whities!
As [her son] played Soccer, Ms. Doherty watched a line of cars across the street deposit Asian kids for after-school study. She also came away... worrying about the school's focus on test scores and the big-name colleges its graduates attend.
God forbid people worry about education at a school of all places! What's the world coming to?!?!

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