March 3rd, 2004

Enterprise Bridge

Gifted education way down

recursive noticed this article. Illinois has eliminated all state funding for gifted education, which used to be $19 million a year. Amongst the reasons cited for the cuts (in other states as well as Illinois) is the Thief's "No Child Left Behind" act. More and more, that should properly be termed "Some Children Left Behind, All Children Running A Bit Late".

What really frosts my ass is this:
Bridget Williams, the principal of Mountain Grove Middle School, maintains that very bright children do not deserve specially tailored classes, especially when the district is focusing on bringing all children up to a minimum standard of competence.
Ms. Williams said it was not so much the education, but merely status, that gifted children lost when their program was cut in September. "They lost the title," she said.

Another broad that has no business in education... yes, for some parents it's about a label. But for a lot of us, it's about keeping us interested and focused. If idle hands are the devil's playground, an idle mind is an amusement park by comparison. Kids like me could be her best students, or her worst distractive nightmare.