Friday, June 03, 2005

Could I Agree Any More With Kimberly?

I don't think so. Click here to read about the Davis school district's concern for the GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) program because not enough blacks and Hispanics are in it.

Kimberly has it right when she says

Note that the school board members are not quoted as having serious reservations about the quality of education that minority students were receiving at Davis schools, nor about the quality of home life or culture that could be affecting those students negatively, or about anything else that might be the cause of the racial disparities on the GATE admissions assessments. The school board members are not stopping to ask themselves if they really understand why Asian students are six times as likely to be identified as ready to enter a gifted program as Latino students.

Nay, it's all about the admissions assessment and the resulting racial balance, and what the board members are saying here it is more important to admit certain minority students under lower standards than it is to inspire all students to meet higher standards.

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