New York City should be proud of the recognition given to Specialized High Schools that admit anyone of any color, race, or creed, who need an extra hard curriculum because of their Gifted and Talented status. Indeed, the kids who I met over the years who were friends with two of my four daughters in Stuyvesant, all were exceptionally smart, but also young people who worked very hard when it came to learning, writing, and research. I am in support of keeping the test, the SHSAT, and keeping the high standard that the Specialized High Schools value in educational accomplishment.
Three of my children were in the DELTA Honors Program inside Booker T. Washington MS 54. Delta was one program in the building, when my kids were there the school had 5 programs. The DELTA students had a very rigorous curriculum and many different teachers specializing in certain areas - math, science, etc. The other programs did not have these teachers and did not receive the same curriculum. Why? In fact, I investigated what was happening, after I became aware that the kids in the programs other than DELTA were told not to take the SHSAT test for the specialized schools. I took parents on the Executive Board with me as we canvassed District 3 on the Upper West Side, and we spoke with parents about whether or not their 8th grade student was taking or had taken the test. 99% of the parents were Black/Hispanic, and all said that the Guidance Counselor told them the SHSAT was not for them.
This was shocking.
Instead of erasing these educational opportunities for kids, let's re-design the curriculum at all schools inside the NYC Department of Education so that all classes in every school have the same G&T curricula, with supports for students who need extra help meeting the high bar of achievement. Dont the naysayers to keeping G&T programs promote the slogan that "All children are gifted and talented"?
We need more of these schools, not less or none. We should set the standard higher for everyone, and help every child get there.
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