In class on Thursday/Friday, we talked about Boston Latin’s history within Boston and the ongoing debate about exam schools and who gets to attend them.
We divided into breakout rooms and looked at three articles:
1. Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, “There’s Something wrong with the Exam School Tests--Not with Blac and Latinx Children,” Boston Globe, October 22, 2020
2. Chester Finn, Jr., “A Progressive Assault on Selective High Schools,” Wall Street Journal, November 25, 2020.
3. Alvin Chang, “The Fraught Racial Politics of Entrance Exams for Elite High Schools,” Vox, June 14, 2018.
…which offered three perspectives on so-called “elite” selective high schools.
Here too is data that I shared with you in class on the current racial makeup of Boston Latin School, both for the 2020-2021 and the 2019-2020 school years. (Data is current as of 11 November 2020.)
What we did not have a chance to do fully in class is to reconvene and link the history of race-related issues in Boston to the issue of who should attend exam schools and how those two issues are related or not.
So let’s hear your voices. Based on what you now know about the history of race-related issues in Boston, what do you think should happen at Boston Latin School? In terms of admissions? In terms of what we learn here? In terms of the future?
And as a PS: the Topol Fellows will be hosting an open forum on exam school admissions after school on Wednesday December 9, 2020 and you will receive extra credit for.