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Re: “Berkeley High May Cut Out Science Labs

This is nothing new. Doesn't anyone remember what happened with the "Model School A" situation in the late '70s?

Model School A was the euphemism-du-jour for BHS's AP curriculum. It was ENTIRELY VOLUNTARY -- meaning any student could sign up for it if they wanted to. The classes in all subjects were supposed to be "advanced classes," for students planning to go on to college. And it was quite successful -- good classes, good teachers, students paying attention. The class curriculum was even ahead of its time - -the subject matter was very multicultural (English and History covered to entire world, not just focused on the US or "dead white men").

Can you guess what happened? The race-obsessed BHS administration looked at Model School A and found to its horror that most of the students who voluntarily signed up for the classes wee white. Meaning, just as in the 2009 instance, that the Model School A classes were for "white students only." Screams of segregation ensued, an Model School A, the best and most successful program BHS ever had, was summarily cancelled, for no reason other than it benefitted white students -- or rather, mostly white students chose to take advantage of it. Nothing was preventing the black students from taking Model School A if they wanted to -- but they didn't want to. So, as always happens at BHS (at least since 1968, when this craziness started), the students who chose to excel are penalized so they don't embarrass the students who chose to not excel.

This has happened over and over and over and over and over and over again at BHS for 40 straight years, and the only result is that the school has progressively gone downhill. When your administration's main goal is to knock down the best students, the school overall suffers.

When there is a gap between the best students and the worst students, the logical solution is to bring up the worst students, not knock down the best students.

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Posted by Mumzy on 12/28/2009 at 10:11 AM

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