Equity kills excellence

As long as equity remains the goal, schools face an uphill battle to produce excellence (“Top school principal hides students’ academic awards in name of ‘equity’ “ New York Post Dec. 23). The principal at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, which is ranked as the best high school in the nation, withheld notifying students of their National Merit awards. She did so because of the district’s policy of “equal outcomes for every student, without exception.”

I can’t think of a worse way of destroying excellence. The fact is that some students are smarter than others, and some work harder than others. By refusing to accept this reality, schools are shortchanging students in ways they will soon find out after they graduate.

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