“Joy in Teaching” posted a provocative comment on my entry on the new White House plan to direct millions of dollars to the “bottom of the bottom” schools. (I just completed a press conference call with US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the plan and will post a summary later.)
Of the new plan, “Joy” said: “I think it is more of the same garbage. Schools have been tossing money with both hands at the low achievers for years while basically ignoring the average kids and the gifted. And guess what? The low achievers are STILL low achievers while the average kids and the gifted kids are largely left to their own devices. With a little bit of extra attention, there are many average children who would blossom and there is no telling what the gifted could accomplish given the opportunities.
“At the risk of sounding cold-hearted, I think that it is time that schools start to nurture those who have the desire and capability of being educated. The rest of the world focuses on those students and they have the test scores to prove it. Why can’t we?”
Does anyone have an answer for Joy?