Note: This post was written in response to a recent NY Times article titled “For Asians, School Tests are Vital Stepping Stones” (written by Kyle Spencer).
The attached article illustrates a good example of hard working Asian students, and in return, the acceptance into the elite schools. In order to get into these elite schools, students need to pass the admission test, which requires tremendous amount of test-preps beforehand, and they cost about $2,000 a year.
Some are arguing that such thing as admission test is not fair, and the elite school should take into accounts the student’s overall grade, teacher’s recommendation, and leadership skills when matriculating students. Moreover, the black and Hispanic activists are also going against this idea of admission competition, saying that it’s discriminating, because many of their students can’t afford such score raising tutoring, and thus can’t get into the elite schools.Not surprisingly, the majority of students accepted into elite schools are Asians or of Asian descents.
However, I would want argue that what’s wrong with Asian parents sacrificing their own leisure time to work over 12 hours a day, 7 days a week to pay for their kids’ test prep classes? Is this a form of jealousy or racism, because Asian students are more academically successful? What is really causing the low performance of other minority students besides the tiresome argument over the availability of test prep? Most importantly, I want to draw out the big picture: Has the world ever been fair? Is Bill Gates obligated to share his money with me? Is it wrong to work so industriously