More war on excellence in public schools

It’s hard to understand the rationale behind the Department of Education’s decision in New York City to eliminate honor rolls (“DeBlasio’s DOE takes its war on learning to a new extreme with ‘no honor roll’ push,” New York Post, Sept. 1). The justification is that students instead should get a grade on their “contributions to the school or wider community, and demonstrations of social justice and integrity.”

The move is all part of the campaign to ruin whatever excellence still remains in the nation’s largest school district.  Under Mayor DeBlasio, it also included efforts to cancel Gifted and Talented classes, as well as screening for admission to elite high schools. It’s little wonder that there is a long waiting list for admission to the city’s charter schools.

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