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NYC school cuts popular gifted program over lack of diversity: report
WashingtonTimes.com ^ | January 30, 2014 | Jessica Chasmar

Posted on 01/30/2014 4:15:25 PM PST by ilovesarah2012

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.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: New York
KEYWORDS: gifted; nycschools

1 posted on 01/30/2014 4:15:25 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

This is beyond idiocy.


2 posted on 01/30/2014 4:18:13 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Diversity is for losers.


3 posted on 01/30/2014 4:22:17 PM PST by clintonh8r (Don't twerk me, Bro!)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Solution: Eliminate Grade Inequality.

They’ll all be exceptional students.


4 posted on 01/30/2014 4:27:54 PM PST by gitmo (If your theology doesn't become your biography, what good is it?)
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To: ilovesarah2012

I was in a GT class in 2nd-6th grade with two others. We were sent to the corner of the class with books and the teachers never checked on us. They were too busy with the remedial students who never did learn how to read or do basic math.


5 posted on 01/30/2014 4:27:59 PM PST by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: ilovesarah2012

It’s all about race. It’s always all about race. When can we go back to being just people???


6 posted on 01/30/2014 4:28:32 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: ilovesarah2012

DiBlasi High


7 posted on 01/30/2014 4:33:40 PM PST by Oratam
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To: Jim Robinson

“This is beyond idiocy.”

Jim, this has been going on in Californicatoryou land for at least 3 decades.

Our sons, who are now 40 something, were in the so called gifted programs in their local grade school.

After prop 13 was passed, the gifted program was one of the first programs axed.

A decade, later it got funding for a while. It was axed again due to lack of funds. However, they found funds to pay for bi lingual aides across our local school districts.

Flash forward again. In another county, we have/had younger relatives in gifted programs for elementary and middle school. They are the racial minority in those schools and those gifted programs. Their parents this school year put their older child in a private school to avoid the pc ism. The younger child will probably go to a private school in a year or so.


8 posted on 01/30/2014 4:35:41 PM PST by Grampa Dave ( Obamacare is a Trinity of Lies! Obamaganda is failing 24/7/365! Obamaganda witholl fail 24/7/365!)
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To: ilovesarah2012
it's for the chilrens...
9 posted on 01/30/2014 4:41:43 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: ilovesarah2012

The focus in public education: Teach to the lowest aptitude in the room. Everyone gets a trophy, just for showing up. And, each classroom MUST reflect community demographics.

Pathetic.

Home school them young’uns.


10 posted on 01/30/2014 4:46:02 PM PST by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2016; I pray we make it that long.)
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

One of my kids’ teacher was spiteful so when the kids went to the GT class, that’s when cookies or birthday cake was served. Evil witch.


11 posted on 01/30/2014 4:50:01 PM PST by bgill
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To: Jim Robinson
I had to make up for the inadequacy of the schools. The damn "corrected" papers were not "corrected". There were plenty of errors missed. The teachers were incompetent in math, English, history and science. That doesn't leave much...PE? My son ended up teaching the AP classes, conducting evening review sessions for fellow students and scoring "5" on every AP exam. The union teachers were useless seat warmers.
12 posted on 01/30/2014 4:51:41 PM PST by Myrddin
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To: ilovesarah2012

You can lead minorities to knowledge but you cant make them think.


13 posted on 01/30/2014 4:55:49 PM PST by Brooklyn Attitude (Things are only going to get worse.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

“I’m taking my school and going home!”


14 posted on 01/30/2014 5:10:03 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: ilovesarah2012

in order to make things more equal, liberals drag achievers down, while conservatives would work to make underachievers better.


15 posted on 01/30/2014 5:12:20 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

A program for academically exceptional students does not use the word “diversity” in its guidelines or it is not a program for the academically exceptional.


16 posted on 01/30/2014 5:12:39 PM PST by jch10 (John Beohner has got to be removed from the Speaker position.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Mizz McDonald should be fired immediately for the crime of impersonating an educator (i.e. one who educates).


17 posted on 01/30/2014 5:14:30 PM PST by sauropod (Fat Bottomed Girl: "What difference, at this point, does it make?")
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To: ilovesarah2012
Who cares? Even if said students were allowed to participate, by the time the public school teachers were done with them, the boys would be castrated, the girls would have an artificial penis glued to their privates, and everybody would be expert on sexual perversion and self gratification. (I think that's the term. The class at UT?)
18 posted on 01/30/2014 5:18:51 PM PST by LouAvul (In a state of disbelief as to how liberals destroyed America in a mere 40 years.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

I LUV IT when liberal New Yawkers get to live under the socialism they want for the rest of us!


19 posted on 01/30/2014 5:22:59 PM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: ilovesarah2012

cultures that celebrate education and learning ( and don’t force celibacy on their most educated) will evolve into greater intelligence.


20 posted on 01/30/2014 5:23:20 PM PST by hecht (america 9/11, Israel 24/7)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Lesson for parents, QUIT VOTING FOR DEMOCRATS AND LIBERAL REPUBLICANS. If you do this for a while you will be able to send your kids to the school of your choice. Got it? It’s simple! Conservatives...support ...freedom! Liberals...support...tyranny! Sure you got it?? Good!


21 posted on 01/30/2014 5:24:22 PM PST by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Reality is racist ?


22 posted on 01/30/2014 5:31:09 PM PST by sunrise_sunset
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To: ilovesarah2012

Yah,we can’t have classrooms chock full of Jews and Asians can we? A friend of mine is a Radcliffe grad one of whose fellow classmate working in Harvard’s admissions office.Her classmate tells her that if it wasn’t for affirmative action Harvard’s freshman classes would be almost exclusively Jews and Asians.


23 posted on 01/30/2014 5:32:18 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Osama Obama Care: A Religion That Will Have You On Your Knees!)
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To: Gay State Conservative
...and community organizers


24 posted on 01/30/2014 5:35:42 PM PST by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Imagine medical schools.


25 posted on 01/30/2014 5:50:19 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

Define *gifted* ..... with 33 years as a teacher......I can say that I had *one* gifted student.

Any child....talented/gifted or not, is going to benefit from special/individual attention, IMO.


26 posted on 01/30/2014 5:55:35 PM PST by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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To: Daffynition

Yep - it’s called home-schooling.


27 posted on 01/30/2014 5:58:02 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

Liberals f ing up what works once again


28 posted on 01/30/2014 6:23:30 PM PST by ronnie raygun
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To: ilovesarah2012

I guess too many minority folks were afraid of “Acting White”


29 posted on 01/30/2014 6:25:33 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (Amnesty And Not Ending ObamaCare Will Kill GOP In 2014)
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To: Daffynition

Statistically you should have had more than one gifted student in 33 years.

I am a former public school teacher and I am homeschooling my children.


30 posted on 01/30/2014 6:40:04 PM PST by ReagansShinyHair
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To: ilovesarah2012

Too many Asians, Indians (the Mumbai kind), and Caucasians I guess.


31 posted on 01/30/2014 6:48:41 PM PST by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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To: ilovesarah2012

“Where are they going to put the higher-level students? “

By the time they finish High School, you won’t know the difference, madam.


32 posted on 01/30/2014 6:50:27 PM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: ilovesarah2012

We should end grade discrimination! All 2 year-olds should be declared gifted high school graduates. It will do wonders for the little-ones’ self esteem. They why we have schools? Well, that and Liberal Propaganda.


33 posted on 01/30/2014 6:50:28 PM PST by Repeal 16-17 (Let me know when the Shooting starts.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Gifted students won’t be challenged enough. That’s the idea of outcome based education.

I have always contended that advanced education programs should be open to anyone who wants to do the work. If the child can’t keep up, he goes back to the regular section. The classes should be filled with on a first come, first served basis.


34 posted on 01/30/2014 6:52:54 PM PST by Eva
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To: ReagansShinyHair

Well, if I use that one particular kid as a benchmark of the thousands of kids that I had had .... not one ever came close.

Many times my students have kept touch with me over the years, but I lost track of this one kid...I’d love to know how he developed. ;)

Homeschooling has the advantage for those with special talents and skills to develop to full potential.

Have you ever had a kid with *great* potential* or ability and is so hard to motivate s/he remains stagnant? I find those the saddest. Probably in the genes.


35 posted on 01/30/2014 7:40:47 PM PST by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Just another facet of the “inclusion” policy. Aim for the lowest common denominator.


36 posted on 01/30/2014 7:48:37 PM PST by NonValueAdded (It's not the penalty, it's the lack of coverage on 1 Jan. Think about it.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

If they are stupid enough to keep their bright kids in dumbed-down public schools, they deserve to have them live in their garages until the parent expire.


37 posted on 01/30/2014 8:41:33 PM PST by FormerLib (Sacrificing our land and our blood cannot buy protection from jihad.-Bishop Artemije of Kosovo)
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To: ilovesarah2012
A popular gifted-student program at a New York City elementary school is getting the ax after school officials decided it lacked diversity.

This makes perfect sense. The gifted program wasn't "diverse" because it didn't have un-gifted students in it. Is diversity a goal in itself? That may be the pretense. But actually, the concept of diversity is a form of warfare the government tribe uses against the citizen tribe. Excellence, mental ability, and energy are unpredictable forces because they are appealing and interesting, and can lead to independent thought and influence. Hence they pose a threat to the crony system in place at all levels of government.

38 posted on 01/30/2014 11:26:02 PM PST by SamuraiScot
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To: ilovesarah2012
I wander if NYC schools will take the same attitude about school basketball teams?
39 posted on 01/31/2014 3:13:24 AM PST by MCF
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