Boston Superintendent Brenda Cassellius has just made one of the most ridiculous decisions I have ever heard by an educator.
A program for fourth, fifth, and sixth-grade students has been canceled because it is not equitable.
The program, called Advanced Work Classes, will now be on hiatus for at least a year.
Upon announcing the suspension of the program, Cassellius stated, “There’s been a lot of inequities that have been brought to the light in the pandemic that we have to address.
“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.”
After the story went public, she changed her tune, however, saying the pandemic made it all but impossible to administer testing for those to be enrolled in the program, but that is simply a lie.
School Committee member Lorna Rivera was upset that nearly 60 percent of the students enrolled are white even though the majority of the students at the school are minorities.
She stated, “This is just not acceptable.
“I’ve never heard these statistics before, and I’m very very disturbed by them.”
These programs are pretty cut and dry, and I speak from experience because I took AP classes when I was in high school and had to bust my tail to remain in them.
It was VERY rewarding, however, because those classes prepared me for college courses in a way that would have been impossible otherwise.
This is not about race… it is simply about doing the work and excelling.
All they are doing by canceling this program for new students is preventing the students that want to do the work from excelling at the next level.
You can read more about this report on WGBH.
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