The Denver Public Schools continue down the path of “diversity” and degrading standards:
More minority and poor students in Denver are being classified as highly gifted under a new system that gives extra credit to children who are economically disadvantaged or nonnative English speakers.
“It’s a much more holistic look at the kid,” said Diana Howard, principal at Polaris at Ebert, the district’s sole elementary school for the highly gifted and talented. “I wanted this system to look at much more than test scores. This is going to have a huge impact.”
All you need to hear is the world holistic. That means its a mush-brained bunch of hippie-dippy crap dreamed up by someone who smoked a lot of dope in the 1970s and wants to implemented the stoned standard for all activities.
Here’s how it used to be done:
Denver is the only district in the metro area that has a program specifically for “highly gifted and talented students.”
To determine who gets into the program, the district previously relied on oral tests that measure a student’s reasoning and IQ.
Here’s the new diverse way of determing that every child is above average:
To make things more equitable, the district now relies on a sum of measures to determine eligibility into the highly gifted program — cognitive tests, annual assessments, reading tests and teacher nominations. Next year, the district will consider artwork and writings.
Also, students get extra points toward entry into the program if English is their second language or if they receive federal meal benefits — a measure of poverty.
Isn’t that special? Can you imagine just how entitled these non-special, non English-speaking, non-gifted students will be once they graduate from this gifted program (assuming that everyone graduates of course – otherwise it might harm the student’s self-esteem)?
The money quote that encapsulates the whole thing:
We want to find the gifts that these children have, not exclude them,” she said.