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    OP-ED: Not a “One Shot Test”

    Only seven black students were offered a seat at Stuyvesant High School this year. Bronx Science admitted 13 less black students this year than last. 11 Latino students were admitted to Staten Island Tech out of 300 admitted students. In fact, from the 4,798 students who received an acceptance letter to a specialized high school, only 10.5% are either black or Latino.   This lack of diversity in New York City’s hubs of adolescent intelligence is something Mayor De Blasio promised to solve. In his most controversial hour, the mayor proposed to completely get rid of the entrance exam. Compromising with his constituents, he has instead held about 300 seats,…

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     More than a grade: QC professors refuse to curve exam grades

    An unwillingness to curve grades perpetuates the archaic notion that education can be finite. Academia should not be based on a system of punishment.     Students should not be punished for not always being on their A-game, for not learning at the same pace as their classmates or for experiencing anxiety while taking exams.     Professors are scholars, people who have been through years of schooling themselves – and yet, many seem to have forgotten the struggles of being a student.   Navila Rahman, a junior chemistry major, said that none of her professors believe in curving exam grades. “They say life’s not going to give us any…

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    Brooklyn College Professor Under Fire for Controversial Facebook Post

    Brooklyn College’s distinguished computer science professor, Rohit Parikh, landed himself in hot water when he uploaded a derogatory Facebook status sharing his opinions on “illegal” immigrants, particularly those of Latinx descent. Parikh believes the Mexican community is unjustly “getting the lion’s share” of American immigration.   It can be speculated from his Facebook status that Parikh believes Mexican immigrants, whether legal or not, do not have a strong enough academic background to warrant being in the United States in record-high numbers.   Parikh, an Indian-American himself, compared Indian-American students to Mexican-American students when he wrote, “Indian Americans have the highest rate of going to college… By contrast, Hispanics have the…

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    Miranda’s not in the city anymore

    Cynthia Nixon rattled headlines earlier this year when she announced her run for governor of New York. Nixon is most famously known for her role as Miranda Hobbes in HBO’s infamous series “Sex and the City.” Turns out Miranda isn’t the only career driven woman in town. Nixon’s run for public office was met with a great deal of opposition from New Yorkers who believed she was too inexperienced. However, her resume said otherwise.   Nixon spent over a decade advocating for the people. She’s a well-known supporter of funding equitable education, an advocate for LGBTQ equality, and a strong believer in women’s reproductive rights and the legalization of marijuana.…