Gifted immigrants

I got together last night with an old friend who emigrated from Japan to New York City five years ago with her daughter, who’s now 12. Her daughter will be going next year to a public school for gifted students that admits based on exam scores. Kyoko said most of the parents she saw at the orientation were Asian immigrants: The orientation was conducted in Chinese and Korean, as well as English, for the parents’ benefit.

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  1. SuperSub says:

    Discipline, discipline, discipline…

  2. Although, I have to add a cautionary note to NYC public schools idea of “gifted.” My cousin lived in Carroll Gardens, an affluent neighborhood next to Brooklyn Heights, and sent her daughter to the public school there which was supposed to be “good.”

    She was placed in the “gifted” program after testing, and spent grades 1 through 5 in the program. Nearly all the kids in the gifted program were white, while other classes which mixed races and ethnicities.

    When they moved to suburban New Jersey, testing showed her to be almost a grade level behind that district’s curriculum, and she repeated 5th grade.

  3. Hunter College High School (the school to which Jacobs refers in her post) is one of the best schools in the country, even if it is a component of NYC’s execrable public education system.

    It is a remarkable repudiation of the oft-empty promise of public education.

  4. nailsagainsttheboard says:

    The achievment and academic success of Asian immigrants is nothing new; it just bolsters the idea that culture and values matter, race and ethnicity don’t. “Duh”.

  5. nailsagainsttheboard says:

    Oops…’achievement’…it’s early here. Plus, I’m a publick scool grad.