As I read the ÂEquity Principal,Â 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.