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31st March

First Published in The New York Sun, March 31, 2006

By Andrew Wolf

The current dust-up between Upper West Side parents and the city’s Department of Education brings into sharp focus a long simmering controversy over the education of academically advanced students. It doesn’t matter who is in charge, whether it is the mayor and his chancellor, or the old hybrid Board of Education, chosen by six different public officials. The same underlying philosophy prevails, guaranteeing that for middle-class parents, the New York City public school system is sure to break your heart.

A generation of educational ideological dominance by so-called “progressive” pedagogues has removed Gifted and Talented programs, once a fixture in nearly every school, from the vast majority. (more…)