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Boston Public Schools Suspending Advanced Learning Classes Over Racial Inequity Concerns

Boston Public Schools Suspending Advanced Learning Classes Over Racial Inequity Concerns

“There’s been a lot of inequities that have been brought to the light in the pandemic that we have to address”

Schools aren’t even fully reopened, but the left isn’t letting a crisis go to waste.

WGBH reports:

Citing Racial Inequities, Boston Public Schools Suspend New Advanced Learning Classes

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.

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.”

New students will be admitted in the fourth grade by standards to be determined at the school level, according to a BPS spokesman.

There will be no new students admitted in the fifth or sixth grades, the spokesman said, but those already in advanced work will be allowed to continue.

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.”

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If you can’t make the short trees grow as tall as the tall trees you can still make them equal: just cut the tall trees down until they’re all equal. Instant tree-height equity!

“There’s a lot of work we have to do in the district to be antiracist”

So, how many bales you do have to tote for massa each morning until you’re free to do your own work?

Harrison Bergeron comes to life.

“… due to the pandemic and concerns about inequities …”

These two reasons have absolutely nothing to do with each other. So which is it?

Never mind, we know. The first one is just a convenient excuse.

If this all new to her then she is part of the problem. It has been going on for at least 55 years, about when I was put in the advanced group in elementary school, and they have tried everything under the sun “to fix it” and nothing has worked. It comes down to the parents: some do for their kids and some don’t. If your kid isn’t reading by the time they “start” school, well, we know where the problem is.

    henrybowman in reply to MajorWood. | February 27, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    Plus, programs for the advanced are great PR for school systems, but little else — announced with great fanfare annually, then silently left to die on the vine before the semester even ends.

    The advanced students, like the average students, are then relegated to throttling their personal progress to mesh with that of the most recalcitrant troglodytes in the class, as they have been for decades, at least since “tracking” was declared rayciss.

    Hopefully, they are eventually clever enough to gain acceptance to the elite schools anyway… perhaps by lying about their ZIP codes.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to MajorWood. | March 7, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    And some kids inherit much better genes and have much better parents, who also have better genes.

    Black culture has been doing very well at forcing smarter blacks to act like they are dumb. Far too many are not acting.

    We can not make slower people smarter, but poor parenting and culture can sure as help stop smarter people from attaining their potential.

      It’s perfectly ok to talk about “good genetics” when referring to athletic ability, at least so long as the person being complemented is black, but progressive dogma bizarrely denies any genetic contribution to IQ. In some cases they deny the concept of IQ itself, or essentially claim IQ is really an example of being an idiot savant (“different kinds of IQ”). If you’ve ever met somebody with high G you know how wrong the latter is.

Almost three-quarters of NBA players are Black, and there are a further 6% classified Other – perhaps of mixed ancestry. Whites comprise less than 17% of players, and Hispanics barely 2%. How is the NBA not calling for quotas? Blacks are something like 550% of their share of the US population, Whites barely 22% of their share, and Hispanics less than 12%.

Oh wait it’s only racist when Whites are doing better. My bad.

There’s no such thing as anti-racism, simply anti-White racism.

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