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To Promote Equity, Elite Virginia High School Withholds Telling High-Achieving Students They Were Merit Scholars

The common theme of the “anti-racism” liberals is that racism is needed now to address racism in the past.
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The common theme of the “anti-racism” liberals is that racism is needed now to address racism in the past.

Some liberal administrators at an elite high school in Virginia just proved that.

Two administrators at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in northern Virginia refused to tell more than top 1,200 students that they had qualified for a prestigious college scholarship because they did not want to hurt other students’ feelings.

They did so to promote “equity.”

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But in the process, they robbed the high-achieving students — most of whom were Asian — of opportunities to pay for their college education.

Principal Ann Bonitatibus and Director of Student Services Brandon Kosatka withheld notification to the students that they were National Merit Scholars for the last five years.

The deception was uncovered by a parent who discovered that her son had qualified for the program.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is intensely competitive.

It accepts about 1.5 million high school applicants each year. The 50,000 who receive the highest scores on standardized tests are informed they could qualify for the award. Ultimately, the program culls the group down to about 7,250 scholarship winners.

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Asra Nomani, another parent of a student, wrote in the New York Post that the administrators saw themselves as implementing a new school district policy that mandated “equal outcomes for every student, without exception.”

Doing so included, for example, fashioning an “equitable grading” policy that eliminated zeros and gave students a grade of 50 percent just for showing up.

Nomani noted that Bonitatibus had tried to end the school’s tough entrance exam in order to promote “diversity.”

Once the scandal was known, Nomani added, Kosatka, the student services director, reportedly told a parent, “We want to recognize students for who they are as individuals, not focus on their achievements.” He also said he and the principal “didn’t want to ‘hurt’ the feelings of students who didn’t get the award,”

The administrators reportedly apologized to the current crop of kids who qualified for the program, but have done nothing to make amends to those they deceived in the past.

“The war on merit is a war on our kids,” Nomani argued.

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