New York City has come up with a compromise for its gifted and talented classes for elementary children (“New York Will Expand Gifted-Student Classes, But Cut Entrance Test,” The New York Times, Apr. 15). Rather than rely solely on an entrance exam, it will let teachers nominate candidates to be entered into a lottery.
I think that’s the best solution to a controversial issue. Whether it will work the way it is intended is another story however. Teacher recommendations are always subjective, which means that some children will not be able to handle the advanced work. Nevertheless, I say it’s the best way to appeal to both sides.
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