Black and Hispanic kids go to bad, unchallenging, NYC public schools that leave them unprepared to take the SHSAT test for competitive high schools. Progressive solution: Get rid of the test.
Getting rid of the SHSAT just hides the evidence of these failing schools. It does absolutely nothing to fix anything about education or equity. And the intense focus on it is a distraction from the truth: our school mostly suck.
Here's a great piece by Alina Adams, and then her husband who attended Stuy, that breaks it all down.
I wrote about the SHSAT, and the lowering of standards at schools across the country, back in 2018. It's only getting worse. (I also mention, ahem, I didn't get into Stuy)…

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27 Apr
Keep thinking of this @robbysoave thread. It’s been over a year of hysterics having the run of the conversation. Their reign should now be fully over.
Last week, in Florid, I went to a “mask optional” coffee shop. It was amazing. I walked in grinning. I went back 3 times in 24 hrs. I bought everything. Their mug, to-go cup, phone holder. But I’m afraid to shout them out because of busybodies who will try to get them shut down.
Yesterday on @BuckSexton’s show, he was talking about bad flights, intense rule enforcement, and I was wary of saying that I had great experiences on several United flights where they were chill about masks. The crazies are in control of the conversation and we have to stop them.
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26 Apr
Post-pandemic we have to see shopping local as our patriotic duty. These businesses have suffered while Amazon thrived. I’ve sharply decreased my Amazon spending in the last few months and urge others to do the same. My Monday column in @nypost:…
I was the person who had Amazon packages at my door every day. I get that it’s a hard habit to break. And I’m not saying I’ve gotten to zero purchases. But I’m doing what I can for the local stores which need our support more than ever right now.
Shopping local, and breaking our Amazon addiction, isn't a new idea. But it's an urgent one:…
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5 Apr
If Democrats want open borders, they should admit it and let the American people know where they stand, my Monday column in @nypost…
Democratic policies and rhetoric have led to the crisis on our border. You can’t encourage people to come to the US (or send their unaccompanied kids) and then be surprised when they do it. You can’t make policies that encourage illegal immigration and pretend there’s no crisis.
I understand desperation. I came to the US as a refugee when I was a child. But we followed a process and there was absolutely the possibility of being turned away. Americans aren’t heartless, they just know they’re being lied to.…
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21 Mar
Narrative will, of course, be that NY’ers should just mask harder, lock down more, yet it’s obvious the higher numbers are correlated with areas in which people don’t have the privilege to work from their couch.
NY’s vaccine system is great...for English-speaking people who know how to use the internet and can move quickly to get appointment. Dark red areas experiencing spikes right now are filled with elderly immigrants who don’t know about Turbovax. Need a better system to reach them.
My mom lives in one of those (older, super immigranty) dark red neighborhoods. There is no way she would have gotten vaccinated without my help.
Read 5 tweets
19 Mar
You know what's actually wrong with me? What's wrong with me is that I have spent a bunch of time in Florida and they are living their normal lives while ppl in my home of Brooklyn are set to wear 48 masks and FLORIDA HAS BETTER NUMBERS. So no, I won't mask after vaccine. Bye.
Had I not seen Florida with my own eyes I might be quiet. But kids go to school full-time in Florida, they don't social distance in class, they don't wear masks during recess, they play sports maskless and hug their friends when they win, and they're doing better than us.
Florida restaurants are packed, people are smiling on the street, no one is yelling at people 50 feet away to mask up, everyone is in a good mood, and there's no discussion of putting on a third mask in extremely low-risk situations like there is in NYC. And FL is doing BETTER.
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4 Feb
I'm just going to keep tweeting this through September: every time you hear people say "schools are safe to open with precautions," ask which precautions. If they say "social distancing," please understand that means part-time school, at best, in most American cities.
(Couldn't live with that typo and had to redo)
Schools around the country, and around the world, have largely scrapped the social distance requirement. NYC insists on 6 feet between kids. That's crazy. We will never have full-time school again if we don't drop that.
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