After dropping merit-based admissions standards, “elite” San Francisco school sees spike in D and F grades among students
By Ethan Huff // Jun 04, 2022

A formerly prestigious school in San Francisco has turned into a bottom-of-the-barrel school after eliminating its merit-based admissions standards due to fears about "racism."


Prior to the change, Lowell High School's failing rate was around 7 percent and some change. Now, it has soared to nearly 25 percent of students receiving either a D or an F during their first semester, according to internal records obtained by the San Francisco Chronicle.

The fall 2020 semester saw a slight increase in Lowell's student failure rate due to remote learning requirements that were imposed in response to the Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19). When the school started accepting "underprivileged" students based on skin color as opposed to academic ability, however, the school's failure rate skyrocketed.

"The fall 2021 class was chosen primarily based on a lottery instead of a decades-old merit-based system based on test scores and grades, bringing it in line with almost every other high school in the city," reports ADN America.

"Those who supported the new lottery said the merit-based system was racist because it resulted in an underrepresentation of Black and Hispanic students, reports Asian-American news site Nextshark."

Outgoing Lowell principals plays dumb, says there are "way too many variables" that are causing school to fail

Before affirmative action was deployed to diversify Lowell High School, its student population was primarily composed of Asians. Now, there are many more blacks and Hispanics in attendance, and the grade-point average is reportedly dropping dramatically.

Outgoing principal Joe Ryan Dominguez claims that Lowell's decline from an elite school to just another run-of-the-mill American institution is not due to the new racial makeup of the school.

"There are way too many variables that contributed," he says about the massive spike in Ds and Fs on student report cards.

"Over a year of distance learning, half of our student body new to in-person instruction at the high school level and absences among students / staff for COVID all explain this dip in performance."

Dominguez went on to offer a politically correct trope about how this is a "sensitive topic" and he does not want to risk "shaming our students and teachers who have worked very hard in a difficult year."

Interestingly, Dominguez submitted his resignation just last month ahead of this news getting out. Did he know what was about to happen before local news, and eventually national news, picked up on it? Or is it all just a coincidence?

The excuse that Dominguez gave for resigning sounds a whole lot like his response to the spike in failing grades at Lowell. He blames a lack of "well organized systems, fiscal responsibility and sound instructional practices as the path towards equity."

Those are tricky words, Mr. Dominguez, not to mention carefully chosen ones. It is clear that Lowell is now on a downward spiral, and who wants to go down with a sinking ship, right?

What becomes of Lowell amid all this is the next chapter that has yet to be written. It seems obvious, though, that its prestige is certainly gone – unless it reverses course, however.

There are signs that at least some in San Francisco are waking up to the fact that the city's social justice agenda is backfiring in a major way and will ultimately lead to ruin for everyone.

According to reports, three school board members were recently voted out of the San Francisco public school system for prioritizing social justice programming over the reopening of schools after the plandemic ended. Will the administration at Lowell take notice before it is too late?

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