By Ric Ottaiano 

October 10, 2006

There is a “growing gap” between the number of black and Hispanic students graduating from high school in California and the number who are enrolling in the UC (University of California) system. Naturally, the race whores are having the vapors over these new statistics shedding tears of dread and doom over the fact that, for example, only 96 of the enrolling freshmen at UCLA are black.

“California has a real serious problem in terms of inequitable educational outcomes for students of different races,” said Ricardo Vasquez, spokesman for the UC system. “Only 6.5 percent of Latino public high-school graduates are eligible for UC, compared to 6.2 percent for African-Americans, 16.2 percent for whites and 31.4 percent for Asians.“

The answer to this “problem” is contained within the quoted passage above, if you really were serious about finding answers rather than just race-baiting. A university system should be concerned only if it is providing inequitable educational opportunities. So long as it is not denying the equal chance for any student with the grades and resume to attend, it has discharged its responsibility. As is often said in the civil rights arena, the issue is one of equality of opportunity, not equality of result.

More importantly, the key to the kingdom rests in the fact that Asian students are out-performing everyone. For quite a few years now I have been asking the question why is it that some black, Hispanic, Native American, etc. kids manage to do quite well in the same system in which many other of their peers fail miserably. I don’t know the answer empirically, although I have my suspicions, but the answer to this question should certainly unlock the solution. Think about it. Two African-American males from the same neighborhood and sitting in the same class have vastly disparate academic results. Why should that be? What is one doing that the other is not? What is one exposed to that the other is protected from?

Which is why the academic performance of Asians is throwing a wrench into the works of the affirmative action debate. Why is this visibly-identifiable minority group so outperforming by leaps and bounds all others, including white kids? Let me tell you a quick story to illustrate my point. When my daughter was in fifth grade, she won her school’s spelling bee. That allowed her to compete against the winners from the other nine elementary schools in her school district. Although Asian kids made up about 23% of the student body throughout the district, seven of the ten finalists were either of Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese or Japanese ancestry. In fact, three of these kids were not even born in America, and English was their second language. [Note: By the way, my daughter is half African-American]

What is it that these minority kids do that allows them to academically stand head and shoulders above their peers who are sitting right beside them in the same class? That’s the question we should be asking.

[This article can also be seen at Release The Hounds!]

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