The debate about GATE in Davis public schools has focused on whether to continue or get rid of the program. I would like to suggest that these programs be extended into other realms besides academics.
I suggest that students be tested early, no later than third grade, for music, art and athletic excellence. We could then have special schools for each of them. Our budding musicians and artists would not have to waste time with those not interested in the arts, while our athletes could concentrate on their skills. While not focusing on academics, the sports GATE program would assure that the athletes learn how to test well, in order to facilitate entry into Division I schools. The athletic high school would be associated with Davis High in order to guarantee championships.
Excellence has to be recognized. I believe that the students should be able to wear special uniforms and be granted some privileges, to compensate for the sacrifices they make. The school district could save considerably if libraries and athletic facilities were reduced at the non-GATE school. In fact — and this might be a bit radical for some in Davis — I believe that the non-GATE could be reduced to K-9.