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Thursday, June 09, 2005

No One Is Special When Standards Are Dropped

It reminds me of The Incredibles. Joanne Jacobs posts:

Gifted-Student Deficit Disorder is plaguing the Davis school district near Sacramento, writes Xiaochin Claire Yan of Pacific Research Institute.

Two years ago, the Davis school board, concerned that not enough African-American and Hispanic children were testing into the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program, lowered the score for GATE identification. That led to 35 percent of third graders in Davis being identified as gifted. Trying to correct the absurd result, the board again tinkered with the identification procedures. This still yielded 26 percent of its students as gifted this year.

Remember the conversation between young Dash and his mother?

After having to hold back in footraces to not show off his amazing speed, Dash complains: "Dad says our powers make us special."

"Everyone is special, Dash," his mother replies.

"Which is another way of saying no one is," Dash complains.

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