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Apr 26 2021

Virginia Schools Kill Advanced Math for Equity

The mortal enemy of excellence is equity, as the Virginia Department of Education demonstrates with plans to eliminate accelerated math prior to the 11th grade, denying bright students a chance to achieve their potential.

Loudoun County school board member Ian Serotkin is appalled:

“[A]s currently planned, this initiative will eliminate ALL math acceleration prior to 11th grade,” he said. “That is not an exaggeration, nor does there appear to be any discretion in how local districts implement this. All 6th graders will take Foundational Concepts 6. All 7th graders will take Foundational Concepts 7. All 10th graders will take Essential Concepts 10. Only in 11th and 12th grade is there any opportunity for choice in higher math courses.”

Classes in algebra and geometry are to be discontinued in grades 8–10. If slower students can’t take the courses, no one should take them.

A Loudoun parent who spoke on the condition of anonymity worried that the changes would “lower standards for all students in the name of equity.”

She was right to insist on anonymity. Parents who are not on board with the leftist education agenda have been targeted for punishment in Loudon County. So have teachers.

Ian Prior is already known as a thought criminal, so he has nothing to lose:

Prior, a Loudoun parent and former Trump administration official, similarly panned the move as a way to “stifle advancement for gifted students and set them back as they prepare for advanced mathematics in college. This is critical race theory in action and parents should be outraged.”

As Prior astutely observes, the concept of equity is a manifestation of the cancer called critical race theory.

The changes come as the state also considered eliminating advanced high school diplomas in an attempt to improve equity.

Liberals conceive of utopia as a mown lawn, where no blade of grass is allowed to grow any taller than the shortest one. This policy may work for maintaining golf courses, but will not produce many Einsteins. It has appeal for our progressive ruling class because to impose equity requires totalitarian control.

On a tip from Mr. Freemarket.


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