De Blasio Time: NYC School Cancels Gifted Classes Over Lack of Diversity

"Classes will be grouped to reflect the diversity of our student body."


Wait till De Blasio stooge Carmen Farina gets around to really trashing Stuyvesant. There clearly isn't enough diversity there. But you have to start small.

A popular gifted program will get the axe after Ditmas Park school officials chose diversity over exclusivity.

Citing a lack of diversity, PS 139 Principal Mary McDonald informed parents in a letter that the Students of Academic Rigor and two other in-house programs would no longer accept applications for incoming kindergartners.

“Our Kindergarten classes will be heterogeneously grouped to reflect the diversity of our student body and the community we live in,” McDonald told parents

If McDonald really means that, she would dissolve the separate grades altogether and group students together based entirely on diversity.

MacDonald is making the argument that students shouldn't be grouped together based on learning ability, but on skin color. That's not just an argument for eliminating gifted classes. It's also an argument for eliminating grades. Just clump all the kids of various age groups together based on race.

Identity politics is more important than learning now.

At least one parent described the small gifted program, Students of Academic Rigor — or SOAR — as overwhelming caucasion, although others disputed that characterization.

One mother, a Sudanese immigrant, said the program was brimming with white students — but she was looking forward to her daughter joining after years of high test scores.

“Where are they going to put the higher-level students?” asked the woman, who declined to give her name. “Sometimes, there are different levels, and teachers can’t handle all the levels in one class.”

They don't need to. Just teach to the lowest common denominator. Send any kids who can't keep up to special ed. Send smart kids who get bored to be medicated for Attention Deficit Disorder. Move all the kids along regardless of their performance.

And cripple any hope for those same diverse minorities by failing to challenging them and devaluing their education.

Public school education. It really works.