Who made this choice anyway?

By From page A6 | March 21, 2013


Generations have worked hard to maintain the character that makes our classrooms shine. We have a system brave enough to engage children in a uniform manner without concern for aptitude or peculiarity. Many parents who do not choose Spanish or Montessori programs are unaware of educational choices and are undoubtedly less interested in their child’s education.

Allowing so many low-income and special education students to saturate traditional classrooms detracts from the average student’s needs. We need to have a better balance in these classrooms, because, as we know, the solution to pollution is dilution.

Dear DJUSD, forgive my sarcasm, let me now be blunt. The argument over choice programs has unveiled bigotry in this town. Terms like “white flight” are euphemisms used by people afraid of having their classroom representative of Yolo County. If there is a privilege to which only the most pure have access, why combat the expansion of these programs to a greater number of underserved children?

This climate is having a permanent effect upon children on both sides of the discriminatory divide. Perhaps there are problems with magnet programs and they should be dealt with in a transparent manner. But don’t you believe that the pretense for hatred coming from parents and teachers through the categorization and marginalization of children is wrong? This is an issue that the district needs to address.

I’m sad for those families who are unaware that their teachers think less of their children because of some illegitimate preconception. If one truly cares more about diversity and equity than one does self-interests, I encourage those individuals to explain how limiting educational options will help those poor, non-white children in their classes thrive.

These “problematic” children will not disappear if we eliminate choice programs. Perhaps it is not simply racism or bigotry that is driving this war against choice, but rather the root of all evil: money. Tax and tax, one begins to feel as if their child’s place is slipping away to someone who is less deserving.

Xochitl Montenegro

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