Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Will Eliminaing The Gifted and Talented Programs Cause Middle Class Flight?
Chancellor Richard Carranza's goal of integrating the New York City Public Schools has run into fierce resistance from middle class parents, especially Asian parents. Except for a couple of District middle schools, the Chancellor has been unable to convince parents to agree to his proposals.
One exception is a Brooklyn elementary school. PS 9 which will eliminate their "Gifted and Talented" program to help foster a truly integrated classroom. While the school's goal is a worthy cause, the reality is that it will ultimately fail as middle class families will send their children to schools that have a "Gifted and Talented" program or move to another school district. The question is will the elimination of the "Gifted and Talented" program lead to middle class flight? I believe it will if the school really goes through wit their ill-conceived program of integrating the classroom.
The bottom line is the school may win the battle but lose the war on integration.