Gifted and Talented
After my Sunday story on the great disparities in programs across Maryland for gifted students, I received a lot of comments from parents and teachers who said they were disappointed in the lack of programs in their schools.
A Harford County parent wrote to say that the a gifted and talented advisory board's suggestions have been ignored. A Baltimore parent wrote to complain that it has been a problem at most city schools. And I got the following e-mail from a teacher:
I could not agree more. At the high school where I teach math and technology, we have had this discussion with the administration for years. We spend ten times as much resources on the lower performing students as on the higher performing students; a consequence mostly of No Child Left Behind. We always seem to be trying to push up the bottom rather than pull up the top. This results in a school where high academic achievement is not encouraged or rewarded. We have never had GT classes and this year, for the first time, we have one AP class.
We receive students who test at a median 5th grade level and continue with Bridge programs, additional classes for students failing HSA's, etc, etc. We do not have classes for the bored, highly performing achieving students. It may be impossible to create a school culture that values college preparation when most of the resources are aimed at the lowest performing students.
Dr. Samuel L. Banks High School