I know that every liberal wants to make every thread about Trump. This is my thread and my topic. And it’s NOT about Trump. Please respect the community guidelines and not change the topic. Thanks in advance!
I have a question:
Eliminating the gifted program: A good idea or a bad idea? Is “social justice” more important than delivering the best educational results we can get?
In the first paragraph it discussed that the board was partnering with a nonprofit group.
But the article did not discuss what the partnering was going to accomplish.
Here’s the actual article that is critical. It is not cutting out gifted program. It is partnering with non-profit group TAF.
“At Washington, TAF’s support staff, including a college- and career-readiness program manager and math instruction specialists, would manage the school in partnership with current staff. The agreement says TAF will invest in robotics, engineering and design labs during and after school at a vocational studies institute. It will take three years to phase in the TAF academic model, starting with incoming sixth-graders.”
The program has historically been dominated by white and Asian students, and this hasn’t set well with some folks who want to see more diversity in advanced programs. But rather than improve access, some school leaders—including Superintendent Denise Juneau—have decided that the whole program is a form of “redlining” and are trying to kill off the whole thing, over the objections of their own customers.
I did not see anything in the Seattle Times article that addressed the parents. Nothing but quotes from union leaders and board members. And it was still primarily focused on race. I would expect nothing less from a liberal paper.