New York City public school cancels gifted program because too many white students were succeeding

Uh oh. Too many white students are succeeding. That can’t be tolerated. Better cancel the gifted program, and bring these students down to the lowest common denominator. Who needs doctors, scientists, and engineers anyway?

The Washington Times reports:

NYC school cuts popular gifted program over lack of diversity

A popular gifted-student program at a New York City elementary school is getting the ax after school officials decided it lacked diversity.

PS 139 Principal Mary McDonald told parents in a letter Jan. 24 that Students of Academic Rigor, or SOAR, would no longer accept applications for incoming kindergartners, the New York Daily Newsreported.

“Our Kindergarten classes will be heterogeneously grouped to reflect the diversity of our student body and the community we live in,” Miss McDonald said in the letter posted on Flickr.com.

At least one parent described SOAR as largely white, while others disagreed, the report said.

One mother conceded the program did have a lot of white students, but worried gifted students now won’t be challenged enough.

“Where are they going to put the higher-level students? Sometimes, there are different levels, and teachers can’t handle all the levels in one class,” she told the Daily News.

In a follow-up letter sent to parents Monday, Miss McDonald wrote: “At PS 193, we believe that all children can learn and achieve high standards. We also know that we want all children at PS 193 to have equal access to high quality, challenging curriculum, and to have ample opportunities to master complex material and build academic and personal self-confidence. We also want our classes to reflect the diversity of our community. We believe we can have both: classrooms characterized by rigor and diversity.”

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February 1, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Education, Political correctness, Politics, Racism, War against achievement.

4 Comments

  1. William Livingston replied:

    No comment. Why no comment because for every comment a Conservative makes there is sure to be 4 Liberals with a snide remark about how we think.
    But lets put it this way. SO MUCH FOR NO KID LEFT BEHIND.

  2. zj replied:

    The emphasis has been on mediocrity in the pubic school systems for quite some time now. Both my children were gifted. I homeschooled for a number of years.

    • danfromsquirrelhill replied:

      Good for you!

    • William Livingston replied:

      zj, I have to hand it to you. I used to believe that children being home schooled were snobs.
      Lately I rescind my belief.
      With all the whacked jobs out there shooting kids, and the bullies, I really feel that kids are better off being home schooled.
      I wish they had home schooling when I was in school, but back in the days of the dinosaurs that was simply out of the question.
      I was bullied in the 10th grade when I made it to the 11th the same guy tried to bully me again that is when I got a little upset lost my Indian temper and showed him just how an Apache acts when bullied. I rammed his head into several lockers, lockers were built into the walls, just so happen to have on my clod hopper boots because after school I was going to help my dad harvest some corn and ended up being asked to not return until after Halloween. Our attorney seen to it that never occurred and the school even paid to have the lockers fixes and paid for the attorney. My old man that day showed his heritage and so did my mother.
      To this day the bully gives me a wide detour when he sees me some place.
      Bottom line is schools have their good points and their bad points but when a child has to be held back because he or she is NOT a certain race or ethnic background THAT IS PRETTY BAD.

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