Stepping up to the plate one last time for educational mediocrity and against excellence, lamest-duck Mayor de Blasio last week announced the end of Gifted and Talented programs for students citywide.
The move came as a surprise in the sense that there was no outreach to parents ahead of time, no meetings, no hearings, no solicitation of input, just a bit of fiat from the mayor and his like-minded toadies in the Department of Education. But it was really no surprise to those who have been well aware of the mayor’s ongoing war on excellence in the schools, whether it’s his taking advantage of the pandemic to eliminate academic screening in middle schools or his failed attempts to get rid of the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test. It’s all been done in the name of equity because students in some racial groups continue to do much less well collectively than others on the tests. In this case, the brightest students would no longer get to be in advanced classes.