Ability grouping is not elitist

The U.S. is the only industrialized country that refuses to acknowledge reality about its students by refusing to group them by their achievement (“De Blasio vs. educational excellence: NYC schools are moving toward the lowest common denominator,” New York Daily News, Nov. 26).  As a result, we are squandering priceless human talent.

Resistance is based on the belief that the practice is elitist.  But our obsession with democratization comes with a heavy price that we cannot afford.  The fact is that students are different in their innate ability. Moreover, some are willing to work harder than others. No child left behind is a worthy slogan as long as it does not penalize students who are faster learners.

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