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Topic: I am politically correct
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Gerald Von Korff

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I am politically correct
Posted: Mar 26, 1997 10:55 PM
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In a prior note, I advocated for the proposition that children should
learn what they are ready to learn, as soon as they are ready to
learn it. Someone responded that this was not politically correct.

Not so. First of all, I am a bona fide "freedoom rider" from the
1960's. I risked my life to integrate schools in Mississippi along
with sharecroppers in 1965-66. You know, SNCC, CORE, SCLC, etc.
"Tracking" was introduced in the 1960's in newly integrated schools as
a device to perpetuate segregation. When used for this purpose, it
is not just politically incorrect, in is an instrument of oppression.

Any educational system which denies equal opportunity to the
disadvantaged, under whatever name, is morally and educationally wrong.
But the fact that segregationists used tracking to perpetuate
segregation does not mean that all students need to learn the same
thing at the same time.

In fact, it is talented minorities and the talented economically
disadvantaged who suffer the most from the current educational
philosophy which makes talented students wait until everyone is
ready to learn something. Economically advantaged talented children
find alternative ways to become challenged. Their well connected
parents demand special programs. And if they are defeated in the
public schools, they have the bucks to send their kids to private
schools. Or, the parents provide a supplemental education on the side,
so that their kids challenge comes at home, while they mark time at
school. Or, they enroll their children in after hours programs.

And who gets left out. The talented disadvantaged student, potential
future doctors, engineers, community leaders, whose sole education is
the unchallenging regular school day program, unsupplemented by
challenging literature, mathematics and science, that advantaged
students get, one way or another. When we fail to challenge talented
students in the public school regular classroom, we are not being
polictically correct, we are perpetuating inequality.

Politically correct would be providing the same exciting opportunities
to disadvantaged talented students as the kids from Scarsdale,
Mamaroneck, Shaker Heights, and Edina receive.

Jerry Von Korff
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By Night, Mozart, Mathematics, Family
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