Abolishing Gifted and Talented program is big mistake

The likely new mayor of New York City, home of the nation’s largest school district, has said he will retain its Gifted and Talented program (“Adams Commits, With Few Details, to Keeping Gifted Program in Schools,” The New York Times, Oct. 15).  Eric Adams deserves credit for preserving what, in my opinion, is the only asset the vast system has to offer.

But predictably, his decision has already met with opposition from those who want to put an end to the program because too few Black and Hispanic students are enrolled.  Yet less than 2 percent of students are enrolled in the Gifted and Talented program.  If they were suddenly scattered across all schools, integration would not improve.  It would only motivate more parents to take their children out of the system.

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