New York City To Eliminate Gifted And Talented Student Program

New York City’s gifted and talented student program will no longer exist for incoming kindergarten students next fall. New York schools will then eliminate the program entirely within a few years.

The New York Times, the outlet that first reported the news, labeled the program “highly selective and racially segregated.” Mayor Bill de Blasio says the removal will fight segregation.

The gifted and talented program admitted 2,500 students based on test scores, which includes many Asian Americans. New York thought that was racist.

The inept mayor says he will replace gifted and talented with Brilliant NYC, a program to offer students aged 8 and up accelerated learning while keeping them in their regular classrooms.

“The era of judging 4-year-old’s based on a single test is over,” Mayor de Blasio said in a statement. “Brilliant NYC will deliver accelerated instruction for tens of thousands of children, as opposed to a select few,” he said.

If de Blasio supports this program, it’s worse. Obviously.

De Blasio announced the overhaul in the final months of his term. Notably, both candidates to replace him, Democrat Eric Adams and Republican Curtis Sliwa, say they did not want to eliminate gifted and talented completely.

Here is one way to look at it:


Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack covers media, politics, and sports at OutKick.


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  1. Dumbing down an entire population in the name of equality is dumb. This move will create a helluva market for private schools. In addition, with the advent of remote work becoming a reality, people leaving NYC will excellerate. They don’t have to move to suburbs just to get to another school district. They can move to other states where children won’t be abused by overbearing administrators.

  2. Restricting the ability of exemplary students, while simultaneously barring somebody from overachieving is bad policy. Putting these racially biased ceilings on all kids is not the way forward for us as a country. I find it hard to believe that parents in NY will be thrilled to see that their kids are being steered towards a “mediocre” path. We need the cream to rise to the top

  3. These programs end up being political parent bullshit a lot of times, but there is a need to challenge smart kids. Not surprised at this, but savvy parents have ways around it.

    For example, The Joe Biden Academy for Ball Don’t Lie challenges kids with high IQs to lower those IQs by becoming libtards.

  4. Yet more of the soft bias of low expectations. So now all students have to be dumbed down just so the low expectations set by white politicians upon black and Hispanic kids can keep everyone down. How very racist and communist. No thanks.

  5. This is ridiculous. I don’t understand why you would take something away from kids. As education is the one of the only means for kids to better themselves. I think we need to bring back trade programs in education. Formally teach kids trade skills which for some reason been completely abandoned by our education system.

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