I am a retired teacher who did not ever teach in or attend a GATE district. Our two daughters also did not attend GATE districts in Southern California. Still, they both were accepted to and graduated from UC Davis, their university of choice. They did this by taking honors and AP classes in junior high and high school.
I have been reading everything about GATE in Davis in The Enterprise. All I can say is: “All GATE, or no GATE,” where nobody gets left behind with hurt feelings. All educators know that kids rise to what you expect of them. What happens to the kids who get left out of GATE? Will they sink to the occasion of being a GATE reject through sadness, feeling second best or not try as hard?
This is a town with all advanced students and parents and GATE in Davis is the ultimate segregation. Kids flourish when in a classroom with children of all types — the math whiz, the artist, the clown, the straight arrow, the sweet and kind person. It makes school more enriching, enjoyable and turns out a lot of better-adjusted kids.
I wholeheartedly agree with the brave parent, Susanna Mould, who wrote Sunday’s opinion piece, “Davis GATE operates on a false premise.”