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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:
Communism is evil. It destroys everything it touches and sells the destruction as equality. Fight against it everywhere you see it and fight it as if your entire way of life depends on it. Cause it does. https://t.co/2IIHRqHvbn
— Jesse Kelly (@JesseKellyDC) October 8, 2021