By Mike Thayer, doing the job the local liberal media refuses to do......
Putting some poor kids in rich kid schools is not a recipe for greater overall student achievement, it's a recipe for parity.
The school board's so-called *diversity* plan is only going to water down the higher test scores, it's not really going to improve the overall capabilities of all students.
Let me simplify it for those of you who watch too much TV.
This is the current situation:
The below, is the situation after the school district ships some kids from Twain, over to Lincoln:
What the nonsensical *diversity* plan does, is bring up SLIGHTLY, the low end of test scores. But it comes at a price, it waters down the high end. It's parity. The powers that be on the school board thinks this benefits them because they can say, "Look, test score averages are up!" But the truth is they've dumbed down the higher end of things. Parity. This is about the school district being more worried about how to get the heat off their back about low end test scores, than it is about doing what's truly right for the student. This *diversity* move is about adults in positions of school authority covering their butts. This isn't about the kids at all.
This plan is illogical. If a school has problems, you fix them. You might as well just shut down the school if it's persistently sub-standard. You don't address the issues by ignoring the true causes, the answer isn't student flight.
The school district needs to scrap this diversity nonsense. Address the actual problems for crying out loud, quit trying to put bandaids over cuts that need stitches!