Saturday, October 09, 2021

Hiding The Data In NYC

Just a super short post today as I've got lots to do.

NYC is ending its programs for gifted students.

New York City will phase out gifted and talented classes in its schools, opting to end a program that critics said entrenched racial divides in the nation's largest public school system, Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed Friday.

I've heard plenty of howling on the right about how this is going to hurt the smart kids. Of course it is, you idiots. That's the point. Like the UC system ditching the SATs, it's designed to hide the data.

If no one can see the results of "alternative" families, then they can't suggest that traditional, married families are superior. It's another laser pointer for cats episode.

"Look! Look! The gifted kids are mostly white and Asian! Racism!"

It's nothing of the sort. It's all about moral choices. Kids from homes where mommy and daddy are married do fine. If you dump the gifted program, you won't be able to see how broken homes fail.


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WC Varones said...

Only thing left to do is vote with your feet.

Get out of public schools. Get out of blue states. Maybe need to get out of the US soon.

tim eisele said...

I don't know, I've never lived anywhere where the schools were big enough for a "gifted and talented" program. The closest my school came to that, was our principal offered an after-school calculus class. There were four of us enrolled in it, two of whom were exchange students (one from Germany, one from the Philippines).

How much good do those programs do, really? I never seem to encounter anyone here at Michigan Tech that mentions having been involved in them.

Mostly Nothing said...

Tim, I think a lot of them are. Probably accelerated math for all the engineering students you see. The entrance requirements into Engineering is higher than other schools. When my son was looking as a Junior, for instance, most schools required Physics (for good reason) to be accepted.

While these might not be exactly "gifted" classes, what do you suppose are the next things to get rid of; since the soft bigotry of low expectations could not possibly expect a high school student to study Physics, Biology, Calculus, Algebra, Chemistry, English, History, etc. How low can you go?

tim eisele said...

I'm not sure that this is at all the same thing as what NY is talking about eliminating. The link that KT gave said that these programs are starting in *kindergarten*.