Each of Boston’s 2012 high school valedictorians came a long way since that first day as freshmen, but quite a few of them have already traveled a greater distance than most. Of the 39 students graduating at the top of their class, nearly half are foreign-born. Nativists fear that the United States is being swamped by foreigners who drain our coffers and strain the bonds of American culture. Were they to view the roster of Boston’s public school valedictorians, they might begin to realize how misplaced such fears are.
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