Boston Public Schools has recently decided to temporarily suspend a program known as Advanced Work Classes, a set of accelerated learning programs catered to bright fourth, fifth and sixth graders.
The reason? The top brass at the department has decided that they are not happy with the racial composition of the students in these programs. School officials have predictably begun wailing about “diversity.”
Hurting Kids Through a Racist Ideology
“Diversity,” however, is just a code word for “too many white people,” and increasingly, it’s come to mean “too many Asian people” as well.
The statistic that horrifies these Boston school officials is that while about 80% of the students in the city’s public school system are either Black or Hispanic, about 70% of the students who have qualified for the Advanced Work Classes are either white or Asian.
Specifically, BPS Superintendent Brenda Cassellius has recommended that the program be put on hiatus for a year.
“There’s been a lot of inequities that have been brought to light in the pandemic that we have to address. There’s a lot of work we have to do in the district to be antiracist and have policies where all of our students have a fair shot at an equitable and excellent education.”
In other words, after being shut down for a year, either some number of Black and Hispanic kids deemed appropriate by the administration will be shoehorned into the programs or it will be abolished altogether.
Of course, what Cassellius either misses or ignores is that all students do have a fair chance to be put into these programs since the students in them are chosen by merit. If Black or Hispanic children want to get into an Advanced Work Class, let them work harder and get better grades.
The reasons for the persistence of racial gaps in educational achievement are complex, but it’s certainly wrong for Boston Public Schools to begin blatantly treating kids unequally on the basis of their race and penalizing them for being smart and getting good grades. The new policy being hinted at by BPS officials will only lead to more racial grievance-mongering and less high performance in schools.
Is this what people want?
Sadly, it appears to be what the racist ideologues in charge of the nation’s school systems want.
“Antiracism” is just the new racism.