New York has lived nearly eight years under its worst mayor ever, but Bill de Blasio aims to do even more damage on the way out the door. His plan to end all gifted and talented programs in public schools represents yet another attack on profit and would further dampen a system already drowning in mediocrity and failure.
The mayor, who is fortunately limited in time on January 1, wants to replace performance with a politically correct composition called Brilliant, which seems to be based on the notion that every child is a bit gifted and talented.
But just a little bit, because students identified themselves as having the ability to learn faster, would get faster instruction in certain topics while staying with their first classmates, which sounds like a formula for lots of chaos and very little learning.
It also sounds like a farewell gift to the violent education associations, where the city promises to retrain 4,000 kindergarten teachers and hire more. It will also set up seven specialist teams of “experts” to get the switch started in September next year, so that 65,000 kindergarten students can participate – and no doubt get participation trophies.
Race is, of course, at the heart of the matter, as it is with almost everything left these days. Because whites and Asians do much better under the current model than blacks and Latinos, the entire system must be destroyed.
Whatever the intent, there is nothing that stigmatizes black and Latino children more than telling them that they cannot succeed and that the rules need to be changed to help them, but that is the left’s response to skewed results. It defines equity as results that match each group’s percentage of the population.
It is dull nonsense, and there is not a single human attempt at where it happens naturally. Thus, it counts as modest good news that de Blasio’s likely successor, Eric Adams, the Democratic nominee, gave a non-committal answer to the idea.
Adams, who previously supported gifted and talented programs as well as charter schools, which de Blasio also hates, said through an aide that “Eric will assess the plan and reserve his right to implement policies based on the needs of students and parents, he should become mayor. ”
Adams, the president of the Brooklyn city and former captain of the NYPD, has already broken with his party’s orthodoxy in important areas, and tens of thousands of parents hope this is another. His focus on tackling rising crime and opposition to new taxes on the wealthy is the first advance payments on his promise to become “the new face of the Democratic Party.”
He also said he wanted to “show America how to run a city.” To do so, he will have to break the form of failure that grips too many city schools.
Driven by racial and social activists who gave up repairing education failure factories, many of you mayors and governors embrace radical indoctrination theories. Programs such as critical race theory, which per. Definition promotes discrimination, and courses that advocate socialism rather than capitalism and degrade American history replace core subjects that aimed to prepare students broadly for jobs and college.
The Biden administration has joined the madness by providing subsidies to school districts that agree to offer race poison to their students.
The battle is fast approaching a breaking point, as evidenced by the uprising over a U.S. Department of Justice promise to get involved. Although he claimed to be motivated by threats against school officials, Attorney General Merrick Garland’s decision suspiciously resembles federal muscles used to pressure disagreement and intimidate parents who resist critical race theory and other brainwashing scams.
As The Wall Street Journal editorial page noted, all crimes committed during school fights should be handled by state and local law enforcement agencies. Garland’s decision to pursue a federal case in which no one exists reveals his party political motive.
The timing of Garland’s decision is particularly curious. It comes as Virginia emerges as the epicenter of the school wars, and where Democrat Terry McAuliffe is locked in a tight gubernatorial race with Republican Glenn Youngkin.
Garland’s order came just days after McAuliffe said in a debate that “I do not think parents should tell schools what to learn,” a comment that Youngkin grasped and which could be a crucial moment in the race. . Garland’s order just coincides with McAulife’s stance that parents should be quiet.
Since Virginia is a reliable blue state, if Youngkin can pull out of a disturbance, one must look for school choices and parental rights to finally get the attention they deserve in next year’s mid-year. On the other hand, if Garland and the left manage to scare enough parents into silent acceptance, the radical movement will prevail and spread.
And not just in Virginia, with de Blasio’s move to end talented and talented programs another aspect of the destructive push away from profit. The combined effect is to shut parents out of decisions, as “experts” offer a dog casserole with anti-American social and racial propaganda and call it education.
Just Friday, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill requiring all students to take ethnic studies to complete their education, effectively making a version of critical race theory mandatory. The law would require one semester at a semester, but schools are free to require an entire year.
It is a given that the course will take the form of cheerleading for some groups and demonize others – all on the basis of skin color and religion. The run-up to the adoption included a contest to see which group’s experiences received the most favored attention, prompting some Jews, Koreans, Sikhs and Armenians to complain about their stories being ignored.
It is hard to imagine anything more detrimental to our fragile association than turning schools into battle zones over race, ideology, and history. But if the left gets its way, it’s the education of the future in America.
What is ‘back’ to media
The Gallup poll found that 36 percent of Americans have a “large” or “reasonable amount” of trust in the media that contains a telling detail.
The 36 percent generally favorable come from 68 percent of Democrats, 11 percent of Republicans and 31 percent of independents.
In other words, because most media are leaning back, Democrats are more likely to trust it. The dynamics illustrate the effect that equal news is no longer equal.
NEW is not quite on the same page
New York Times Headline # 1:
U.S. employment was weak in September as Delta takes a toll.
New York Times Headline # 2:
Analysis: The new job numbers are actually pretty good.
‘Hop’ to conclusion
Reader Harold Theurer predicts that we have not heard the last one about the man who jumped from a window on the ninth floor of Jersey City and lived because he landed on a BMW. Theurer writes: “The jumper will most likely sue the owner of the car and the owner will be charged with leaving the scene of the accident.”