Last night, I edited op-ed columns by high school students participating in Mosaic, a summer journalism workshop at San Jose State run by an old friend and former colleague of mine. In one column, a girl from high-scoring Lynbrook High, which is 74 percent Asian-American and 22 percent white, described being asked by the only non-Asian student in calculus whether she had “Asian failed” or “white failed” the test. At Lynbrook, an Asian fail is a B; a white fail is a D.
In 2005, the Wall Street Journal wrote about white flight from Lynbrook and its sister school, Monte Vista High. Some whites don’t like the very competitive atmosphere, but more Asian families are trying to get their kids in.