Townsend Harris High School at Queens College

Opinion Spotlight

Academic snobbery is too often the norm here

September 18, 2014

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  1. Karen Su

    Very nicely written! I think this piece perfectly summarizes what I have had to deal with over the past two years in Townsend Harris. I came from a "lesser-known/achieving" high school, and to hear people throw around statements that culminate into a superiority complex has always made me very uncomfortable. It's as if saying that my efforts to earn my "high grades" weren't well worth the hard work.

  2. Danny Hong

    Great details. It's really irritating to hear that one person is "smarter" than another just because he/she went to a "better" school than that person. We can't simply make assumptions on each other's academic intelligence based on the type of school they attend. Like you mentioned in your article, this is completely biased since we don't consider other situations like teachers boosting their students' grades. I believe that a student's academic intelligence is defined not only by the type of education they get, but also by their work ethic and by what education means to them.

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