It’s not just Harvard, Yale, and other elitist universities. Democrat-run Montgomery County in Maryland has just been exposed for taking measures to ensure that Asian-Americans kids with high test scores aren’t granted entrance into gifted and talented programs.
The county, seemingly distressed by the fact that there wasn’t an equitable “racial make-up” in these programs, hired education consultancy Metis Associates to change admission requirements. Now, instead of using grades, test scores, and teacher recommendations, the school district uses a secret formula that includes a “field test” and consideration of a student’s “peer group.”
Other measures used are unclear as the district refuses to tell anyone about other variables that could impact a student’s entry (or denial of entry) into gifted programs. However, what is known is that the percentage of Asian-American children in these programs fell by nearly 10 percentage points after the new guidelines were put in place.
Many of the children denied entrance scored in the 99th percentile on their tests. Because of this, it’s been hard for many parents to see this as anything other than blatant racial discrimination on the part of the school district.
Not surprisingly, Asian-American parents were sorely displeased with the new policies. However, when they attempted to express their dismay to the school board, they were dismissed with curt remarks from hostile members. One told them that African-American families had experienced atrocities for decades, and said the parents’ pursuit of the American Dream was not everyone’s pursuit of the American dream. Another complained to a local newspaper that Asian-American parents use their knowledge to get what they want for their children, as if doing so was somehow a crime that deserved punishment.
Following this, the Association for Education Fairness and took the case to court, citing the obvious fact that the school board’s new policies violate the Constitution’s equal protection clause.
This isn’t the first time liberal Montgomery County officials have tried to dump on parents who only want the best possible educational opportunities for their kids. Earlier in the year, parents had to sue to force the county to allow private schools to reopen for the 2020-2021 school year, as local health officials wanted to shutter them along with public schools in the same area. Now, parents are being forced to go to court so their children can get a fair shake from a school system that kids who study hard should be passed over if they have the “wrong” skin color and ethnic background.