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  • Writer's pictureJoanne Jacobs

Prep disadvantaged kids for Ivy futures

Elite colleges should create and fund middle and high schools to educate disadvantaged students, writes Roland Fryer, a Harvard economics professor and a Manhattan Institute fellow, in a New York Times commentary.

Don't water down admissions standards by eliminating SAT/ACT scores, he writes.

Roland G. Fryer Jr.

Don't look for more subtle ways to discriminate by race. Instead, "deepen the applicant pool."

A small fraction of Ivy endowments could pay for a network of rigorous prep schools in cities with "high poverty rates and underperforming public schools," Fryer writes. He envisions some graduates would qualify for elite colleges and others for less selective but still very good schools.

As a child, Fryer "witnessed gallons of talent wasted — brilliant minds rotting in boring classrooms and precocious lives cut short because of routine violence," he writes. "In the types of private schools that my children attend, I often see teaspoons of talent perfectly nurtured."

Fryer was raised by an abusive, alcoholic father after his mother abandoned the family. He went to college on a football scholarship, but switched his focus to academics.

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Jul 07, 2023

Well, "disadvantaged students" are far more likely to be in a school where disciplining of students, at least of color, is aggressively thwarted by the Department of Education, NEA and activist organizations. So, how do you fund a school to help the disadvantaged students who want to learn and still not maintain order in the classroom or school?

I want to see civil rights lawsuits against schools and districts for not maintaining the "educational environment" by maintaining discipline in the classroom. Get the conflicting judgements, given activist judges have already ruled that students cannot be forced to not disrupt the class, and take the issue to the SCOTUS.

Jul 09, 2023
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The issue with the lawsuits is that using the same discipline on all students will result in black students being suspended much more than Asian or white students. Add on a school district's management protecting students of teachers, administrators, school board members, and powerful people in the community, and there is no way to have real discipline.


Jul 06, 2023

I am surprised Fryer is still around after his Me-Too incidents.

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