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Defining Objectivity

Elissa Stein | Posted 11.30.2014 | New York
Elissa Stein

While much is being said in the media about the diversity discrepancies in specialized high schools, no one's saying that the test itself is at fault. So why are the mayor, the chancellor and the DOE working so hard to change it?

Rebecca Klein

Alumni Rally Round NYC's Top Public Schools That Admit Very Few Blacks Or Hispanics

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics

Even though nearly 70 percent of New York City's public school students are black or Hispanic, very few will be attending the city's most elite public...

Toward a Fairer Admissions Process

William Lynch III | Posted 09.07.2014 | New York
William Lynch III

New York City's specialized high schools, all unionized public schools, are some of the leading academic institutions of their kind anywhere. However, the current admissions process is shortchanging people of color, among others.

Don't Abolish Single Test Admissions for NYC Specialized Schools

Jack Cahn | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics
Jack Cahn

Every Stuyvesant student remembers the day they took the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT). I was thirteen, a student at the Ramaz Midd...

Racially Segregated Schools in America: The Bloomberg, Gates, Bush and Obama Legacies

Alan Singer | Posted 05.31.2014 | Politics
Alan Singer

The impact of Bloomberg, Gates, Bush, and Obama policies on school segregation can be seen in the New York City neighborhoods of Harlem and Central Brooklyn. Since 2000, demographics in central Harlem have shifted dramatically.

The Cult of Achievement: Why I Wouldn't Do High School Over Again

Samantha Shokin | Posted 03.14.2014 | New York
Samantha Shokin

"Wow, you must be smart." Every Stuyvesant High School alum has had to deflect this cheeky accusation at least once. Likely more, but at least once d...

Only 7 Black Students Were Admitted To One Of NYC's Top Specialized Schools This Year

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 03.13.2014 | Black Voices

It seems New York City’s specialized schools continue to have a problem when it comes to admitting minority students. According to city's Departm...

Alice Gets Her Stuyvesant Diploma 40 Years Late

David Mager | Posted 08.24.2013 | Good News
David Mager

My deceased friend Margaret Mead said, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful people can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." And Alice DeRivera wasn't even a group, just a 13 year old girl, acting alone.

What Do the Tests Test?

Alan Singer | Posted 06.29.2013 | Politics
Alan Singer

Rather than waste all this time and money on testing, an alternative is to just throw out the standardized tests and assign students to classes, schools, and colleges, based on their parents' income tax forms. While this may not be fair to students from poorer families, tax revenues would probably rise.

Bloomberg to Children of Color: Life's Not Fair, Get Over It

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 05.20.2013 | New York
David R. Jones, Esq.

Of the 5,229 students accepted to the city's eight Specialized High Schools this year, only 618 were black or Hispanic, a decline of nearly 16 percent in one year alone.

The 'Humans Of High Schools' (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Krystie Lee Yandoli | Posted 01.18.2013 | Teen

Faces, names, and stories that used to lay dormant in high school hallways are being broadcast around the Internet for all to see. Humans of New York ...

Don't Take My Stress Away

Jack Cahn | Posted 01.12.2013 | Teen
Jack Cahn

I came to Stuyvesant High School to be sleep-deprived, I came here to be pressured, I came here so that I would have enough work to keep me up throughout the night.

The Racial Dynamics of Standardized Tests

Ruzan Sarwar | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Ruzan Sarwar

If critics of standardized tests think it's lack of finances or lack of access to resources that prevents certain races from performing to the stated benchmarks, I want to put an end to that delusion.

Why Does New York Have "Specialized" High Schools?

Alan Singer | Posted 12.30.2012 | New York
Alan Singer

Why does New York City have these special schools where the teaching and curriculum are just not that special?

Educating for Democracy: Why Not Affirmative Action for 'Elite' High Schools?

Joel Shatzky | Posted 12.24.2012 | Education
Joel Shatzky

The recent decision by the United States Supreme Court to revisit "affirmative action" in college admissions leads me to the observation that the advantages of diversity in higher education could be applied as well to the specialized high schools in New York City.

Setting an Example

Tom Allon | Posted 12.24.2012 | New York
Tom Allon

As a society we cannot allow ourselves to become anesthetized to what is right and wrong. More importantly, anyone running for public office should ask themselves: Am I qualified to hold the public's trust?

Why Are We Obsessed With Cheaters?

Lindsay Gellman | Posted 12.14.2012 | Media
Lindsay Gellman

These past warm months have been especially riddled with revelations of academic dishonesty. And the scandals have been extensively covered by the media.

The Global Search for Education: More on Cheating

C. M. Rubin | Posted 12.04.2012 | Education
C. M. Rubin

After reading Howard Gardner's article, Harvard's Cheating Scandal as a Play in Four Acts, and listening to Dr. Gardner and Dr. Tricia Bertram Gallant on 90.9 WBUR Radio Boston, I was curious to find out more about Dr. Tricia Bertram Gallant's research on academic integrity.

Clueless NYC Mayor Defends "Biased" High School Admissions Process and Test Developed by Pearson Sub-Division

Alan Singer | Posted 12.04.2012 | New York
Alan Singer

Should a private publishing company have so much power over curriculum and assessment in New York State and around the country?

NAACP Alleges Bias At Elite NYC High Schools

Reuters | Posted 11.26.2012 | Black Voices

* Complaint focuses on eight elite public schools * "All that matters is the test" By Jonathan Allen NEW ...

The Culture of Deceit

Patricia McGuire | Posted 11.26.2012 | DC
Patricia McGuire

Politicians do it. Journalists do it. Even Harvard students do it. Dissembling, stonewalling and outright lies all pass for political discourse these days. The culture of deceit appears to be not only pervasive, but quite acceptable as a way of doing business.

Standardized Tests Lead to Standardized Cheating

Glen Lineberry | Posted 11.20.2012 | Education
Glen Lineberry

Why all the cheating? In short, because the tests are too important, and because they test the wrong things.

Cheating Because the Stakes Are So Low

Steve Nelson | Posted 11.12.2012 | Education
Steve Nelson

The incidence of cheating is lowest when students or citizens perceive that they are members of an interdependent community, but that's not, sadly, today's America.

Dozens Of Stuyvesant Students Face Suspension In Wake Of Cheating Scandal Investigation

Posted 09.11.2012 | Education

A dozen Stuyvesant High School students have been suspended for up to 10 days, with another 54 facing possible suspension for up to five days, as the ...

How to Talk to Your Kids About Cheating

Grown And Flown | Posted 11.06.2012 | Parents
Grown And Flown

It is only fair to acknowledge that our children are under greater pressure than we were, that competition is greater and their workload heavier. But the world has not changed so much that right and wrong do not have a line running between them.