Ron sent me this story
A selective program for high-performing fourth, fifth and sixth graders in Boston has suspended enrollment due to the pandemic and concerns about equity in the program, GBH News has learned.
Equity? Has that replaced equality?
Superintendent Brenda Cassellius recommended the one-year hiatus for the program, known as Advanced Work Classes, saying the district would not proceed with the program for new students next year.
“There’s been a lot of inequities that have been brought to the light in the pandemic that we have to address,” Cassellius told GBH News. “There’s a lot of work we have to do in the district to be antiracist and have policies where all of our students have a fair shot at an equitable and excellent education.”
Ah yes. Racism rears its ugly head. Mustn’t have that.
A district analysis of the program found that more than 70 percent of students enrolled in the program were white and Asian, even though nearly 80 percent of all Boston public school students are Hispanic and Black.
School Committee member Lorna Rivera said at a January meeting that she was disturbed by the findings, noting that nearly 60 percent of fourth graders in the program at the Ohrenberger school in West Roxbury are white even though most third graders enrolled at the school are Black and Hispanic.
“This is just not acceptable,” Rivera said at a recent school committee meeting. “I’ve never heard these statistics before, and I’m very very disturbed by them.”
Can’t have those evil white and Asian students outperforming African and Hispanic students. That would be racist.
I remember in my 9th grade Civics class (before the schools had been taken over by rat bastard commies) my teacher taught that communism rather than lifting people up pulled everyone down and that’s what we have here. Africans and Hispanics can’t keep up, so we’ll pull the white and Asian students down.
To quote Ron, “Lower the bar so the hippo can jump over it.”