Valerie Strauss
Valerie Strauss

Washington Post Education reporter, Valerie Strauss wants us to stop obsessing over Ivy Leagues.

In an obvious ‘comment bating’ article, Strauss writes, “Congratulations to Kwasi Enin. Now can we stop talking about him?”

Just why are we talking about Kwasi?  Well, after having scored a near perfect 2250 on the SAT and being in the top 2 percent of his class, the seventeen year old high school senior applied to all eight Ivy League schools, and received acceptance letters from each one.

17 year old accepted into all 8 Ivy League schools.
17 year old accepted into all 8 Ivy League schools.








That’s, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, the University of Pennsylvania and Brown-all welcomed him into the class of 2018.

And just how big of a deal is this?  Harvard, for instance has one of the lowest acceptance rates in the country at just 5.9 percent. That translates to 2,023 accepted out of 34, 295 applicants. The overall admission rate for 2014 averaged out at 8.925641 percent with Stanford being the lowest at 5.07 percent.

Strauss goes on to write,

“And there’s this: The low admit races have a lot to do with the enormous number of applications schools receive but many, if not most, come from students who aren’t close to being qualified.”

“Kids today apply to more colleges than kids of yesterday, so schools get more applications. And as many admissions deans will tell you, admission to a school doesn’t mean that a particular student is “better” than other applicants but that he/she fits into a particular spot in the college’s overall demographics scheme. If a student is a piano virtuoso but there are two in the applicant pool and the school wants a violinist, one of the pianists is out of luck. That’s really the way it works.”

So we gotta ask, is “demographics scheme” the new code word for black or affirmative action?  Why would an Education reporter discourage praise for such high-achievement? And why mention- “admission to a school doesn’t mean that a particular student is “better” than other applicants.”

I guarantee this kid is better than most applicants!  How many other applicants scored a near perfect 2250 on the SAT?  Did you bother researching that?  Certainly you can’t question Kwasi’s qualifications giving he was in the top 2 percent of his class-surely you’re not suggesting his acceptance to 8 Ivy League schools was based on a mere “demographic scheme”.

So what exactly are you suggesting?  Well, it could simply be a ploy to generate buzz. Or something a lot more sinister. 

Nevertheless, we should all celebrate Kwasi and other academic stand-outs.  Too often these images yield to the perpetual problems plaguing black males.  Our kids deserve balanced media coverage and therefore, we will celebrate the Kwasi’s of the world every chance we get!

Read article here: Washington Post