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Topic: Equity Principal - Excellence is short changed
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Tim Zukas

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Equity Principal - Excellence is short changed
Posted: Nov 4, 1998 12:43 PM
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As I read the “Equity Principal,” I felt that it failed to deal
responsibly with the needs of students with strong mathematical
aptitudes. There was some lip service about these kids, but no hint at
all about how one actually balances equity with excellence. It was
clear that some things that help strong students were being
discouraged (ability grouping and tracking). Some things that I have
found to be harmful to gifted students were encouraged (peer
tutoring). I am curious about the perspective of others.

I am a parent with the a BA in math. My daughter has a great deal of
math ability and almost no math interest. In elementary school, the
teacher actually felt that she was doing my daughter a favor by
transforming her into a sort of permanent, unpaid , assistant. She
needed to be a student, but a student studying something challenging.

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