Skip to comments.NYC school cuts popular gifted program over lack of diversity: report
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 wont be challenged enough. Where are they going to put the higher-level students? Sometimes, there are different levels, and teachers cant handle all the levels in one class, she told the Daily News.
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This is beyond idiocy.
Diversity is for losers.
Solution: Eliminate Grade Inequality.
They’ll all be exceptional students.
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.
It’s all about race. It’s always all about race. When can we go back to being just people???
“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.
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.
Home school them young’uns.
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.
You can lead minorities to knowledge but you cant make them think.
“I’m taking my school and going home!”
in order to make things more equal, liberals drag achievers down, while conservatives would work to make underachievers better.
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.
Mizz McDonald should be fired immediately for the crime of impersonating an educator (i.e. one who educates).
I LUV IT when liberal New Yawkers get to live under the socialism they want for the rest of us!
cultures that celebrate education and learning ( and don’t force celibacy on their most educated) will evolve into greater intelligence.
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!
Reality is racist ?
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.
Imagine medical schools.
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.
Yep - it’s called home-schooling.
Liberals f ing up what works once again
I guess too many minority folks were afraid of “Acting White”
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.
Too many Asians, Indians (the Mumbai kind), and Caucasians I guess.
Where are they going to put the higher-level students? “
By the time they finish High School, you won’t know the difference, madam.
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.
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.
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.
Just another facet of the “inclusion” policy. Aim for the lowest common denominator.
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.
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.