In the Name of Equity, California Will Discourage Students Who Are Gifted at Math

In the Name of Equity, California Will Discourage Students Who Are Gifted at Math. By Robby Soave.

California’s Department of Education is working on a new framework for K-12 mathematics that discourages gifted students from enrolling in accelerated classes that study advanced concepts like calculus. …

Its overriding concern is inequity. The department is worried that too many students are sorted into different math tracks based on their natural abilities, which leads some to take calculus by their senior year of high school while others don’t make it past basic algebra. The department’s solution is to prohibit any sorting until high school, keeping gifted kids in the same classrooms as their less mathematically inclined peers until at least grade nine. …

Many schools offer advanced mathematics to a select group of students well before the high school level so that they can take calculus by their junior or senior year. It’s done this way for a reason: The students who like math (usually a minority) should have the opportunity to move on as rapidly as possible. For everyone else… well, advanced math just isn’t that important. …

If California adopts this framework, … the state will end up sabotaging its brightest students. The government should let kids opt out of math if it’s not for them. …

The framework seems to reject the notion that some kids are more gifted than others. … It’s absurdly naive to think there’s nothing innate about such outcomes, given that intelligence is at least partly an inherited trait.

Imagine if we prevented some kids from advanced sporting opportunities, because not all kids showed equal sporting talent.

So goes California, so goes the USA then the rest of the west.