TheAsian American ethnic group is one of the most rapidly growingimmigrant groups in the US at six to nine million. This groupcomprises of people from different ancestries and nationalities withorigins in Asia. The group comprises of other groups ethnic groupssuch as the Chinese and Japanese who are considered an ethnic groupon their own. The group’s history in the US dates back to the1980s. Their arrival in the US was precipitated by the expansion ofthe US economy which created numerous work opportunities. Thisparticular group recognized for its industriousness and hardwork hasexcelled in various industries and today form a key part of theAmerican identity. As an immigrant group, have cometo dominate America affairs and even the elite schools in New York asreported by Suffran (2014) in his article, “To make elite schools‘fair’ city will punish poor Asians.” This article blames theImmigration and Nationality Act of 1965 which allowed an influx ofAsians into the US and into elite schools pushing out other ethnicgroups and the Specialized High School Admissions Test (“SHSAT”).The article thus suggests that the entrance exams give unfairadvantage to bright Asians who excel better in these exams than otherethnic groups.
Eliteschools not only offer superior learning but also offer unique lifeexperiences. The entrance exams system that locks out other ethnicgroups from accessing elite schools is a matter of governmentpolitics. In comparison to other immigrant groups, have not recorded robust political involvement to put them in aposition to develop such policies that benefit them. Wong and hercolleagues (2011) carried out a survey among this group to assesstheir impediments to political participation. Various issues wereassessed such as political behavior, including such key measures asvoting, political donations, community organizing, and politicalprotests. The study was based on the premise that politicalinvolvement in the US has taken an ethnic approach where ethnicgroups have assumed a voting bloc which influences politicalactivities and voting patterns. Interestingly, haverecorded minimal political involvement through their influencethrough voting patterns cannot be ignored. Therefore continued Asianimmigration will affect American politics further.
Suffronnotes that entrance exams in given schools in New York City districthave disadvantaged other minority groups and given unfair advantage. The article note that the population of blackstudents at Stuyvesant has reduced from 13% in 1979 to 5% in 1994 andless than 1% in the last few years. That of hasincreased to 73% with immigration causing this. Other elite schoolsthat have reported the same enrollment situation are at Bronx Scienceand Brooklyn. The author thus implies that the education system isset up in a manner that gives unfair advantage to .With a pending court case seeking to challenge these entry exams, thesituation has cast light at the education system in the US.Additionally, the article question American immigration policies thathave allowed an influx of Asians into the US.
Thearticle can help address serious issues and raise important questionson the American education and immigration policies. The article inone way or another portrays the Specialized High School AdmissionsTest (“SHSAT”) in a bad light. The author notes that thisentrance exam is responsible for giving minority groups among themAsian American unfair ground on which to compete fairly with otherstudents specifically from the majority whites. The author notes that have responded specifically to the Asian culture ofacademic excellence as opposed to the American culture of holisticdevelopment of children. The SHSAT plays into this Asian Americandesires and so does American immigration policies.
Theauthor notes that opponents of entrance exams have called foraffirmative action that will “punish” Asians in bid to createfair playing ground. This would mean that specific specializedschools and learning institutions should place quotas on givenethnicities to respond to nation ethnic populations. This is to meanother ethnic groups such as Hispanics will have reserved slots inthese schools thereby reducing the dominance by . Thiswould ensure that the society and the schools in general are lesssegregated and that do not have undue advantage toaccess high quality education. The author has employed stereotypesthat Asians in general are academically superior to other ethnicitiesin America. Again, the author insinuates that the immigrantpopulation is harming the American identity and policies. To him,the SHSAT was designed to meet the needs of Americans who havedeveloped a culture that glorifies holistic development as opposed toacademic excellence based on cramming and memorizing ideas as opposedto understanding and knowing how to apply ideas. In so doing, theauthor has achieved one of the key goals of media writing by beingable to capture the imaginations and emotions of his targetedaudience (Lima 2014). Additionally, Suffron has adapted a relaxedtone and language to make the article readable and understandable tothe public.
Giventhe chance to manage this situation, I would call for restructuringof high school and college entrance exams. Currently, the SHSAT as itis now does not allow the system to capture the best and diverseabilities from diverse students. The current system gives undueadvantage to students from adapted to cramming and memorizingsynonymous with Asians in general. Socioeconomic background of familydetermines several factors and learning resources available tochildren starting from a very early age which affects their academicperformance. For instance, students from poor families have lesseraccess to additional academic tutoring and support materials such asbooks and even enablers such as computers, laptops and tablets. Thenotion suggested by the article that Asian American have takenadvantage of system should be challenged for social harmony. I wouldthus highlight achievements of especially in theacademic sector to offer motivation and inspiration to students fromother ethnic groups.
Thenew restructured SHSAT would factor in socioeconomic challenges tostudents and their families. The entrance exams should be structuredfor each specific school district to factor in the averagesocioeconomic background of the dominant families and ethnicitiesthere. For instance, poor neighborhoods in New York should be offereddifferent SHSAT exams than students from other affluent neighborhoodsto factor in the advantages that the students have. Additionally,the idea of reserving a given number of positions to different ethnicgroups is very attractive. Alternatively, it is important forAmerican to address current immigration policies. The idea ofpromoting immigration of highly skilled workers and bright studentswill only hurt Americans in the long run. As it is, are slowly and gradually pushing Americans students out ofspecialized elite schools and have thus promoted a culture ofeducation for exam purposes only which does not help the studentsthemselves and the country at large. Therefore, I would address thisthrough stricter immigration control to regulate the influx of Asiansin America as their dominance in elite schools at the moment is anindicator of the potential of excessive immigration of Asians willhave on America in other sectors.
Ingeneral the article achieves its objective. The title matches wellwith the content of the article. To some people, the article mayappear biased and to some it appears to reinforcing stereotypestowards and ethnic minorities in general.Nonetheless, the article achieves its goal as a media article that istargeted to the general public. In any form of writing, it isimportant for the author to consider the audience in terms ofculture, education level and even socioeconomic background to ensurethe message is understood.
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