GATE in Davis: It’s apartheid

By From page A6 | April 16, 2013

While Davis citizens pride themselves in political correctness, equal opportunity for all and correcting disparities for all citizens, their actions contradict their lip service. The GATE program for “gifted and talented” students is essentially a form of segregation of children at an early age.

Economic and socioeconomic factors likely greatly influence a student’s admittance to this program. Testing, coaching, etc., at a young age, primarily under parents’ aspirations of having a successful student, greatly skew the appearance of a child’s potential to succeed in life.

Having children of all races and economic status interact together at this formative time will enhance their lifelong skills.
Unfortunately, this program is an elitist program for parents’ “bragging rights” and serves no purpose other than to segregate
the masses. Is this Davis or Alabama (no offense to Alabama)?

In the long run, the students will do better in life with more interaction with everyone at this stage in life. Whether they get into Stanford or Chico State or a trade school to repair all the BMWs in our town, it’s their character that’s most important and,
unfortunately, the current segregation in our schools does not foster that. My suggestion is to avoid the GATE program for your kids; they will be better off in the long run.

(And the forever “underfunded” administratively-heavy school system may survive a few years without more bond initiatives.)

Richard Blohm


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