New York bureaucrats are denigrating minorities with their obsession over race and academic outcome, says a black professional.
New York City’s public schools should shut down their “Gifted and Talented” programs for accelerated students because too-few minorities participate, the School Diversity Advisory Group has recommended.
The panel, appointed by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to study “diversity” in public education, suggests in its report to eliminate “exclusionary screens” and replace them with “pro-integrative programs” to ensure all students are “challenged.”
De Blasio, a 2020 Democrat presidential candidate, has vowed to eradicate inequality in the city's school system but is undecided about the report's controversial recommendation, The New York Times reported in an August 30 story.
Marie Fischer of Project 21, who was herself in a school’s gifted program as a child, says the panel's summary suggests black and brown students are not smart enough to participate in the program.
"By them saying that the programs are racist because there are not enough children of color, first of all you're already denigrating the children of color who do make it,” she tells OneNewsNow.
According to the Times story, the issue of "gifted" education is ongoing and controversial issue in the racially diverse city, and now de Blasio is faced with angering many middle-class white parents who could head for the suburbs.
Fischer suggests a better idea would be to compare minorities who do make it into the program with those who don't to learn the differences.
"We all know there's traditionally Asian families are very strong on education,” she says, “but then you still have black and Hispanic families that are strong on education. Are you just going to wipe everything out just because there's not enough diversity?”