Due to cost cutting in their school budget, a non-urban high school in our state is cutting 31 mostly honors and AP classes.
A comment from another high school considering the same problem was:
“We do a lot for special needs students, as we should. But one of things that were not doing is enough for our gifted and talented students."
Another comment was:
"Since the state doesn’t provide any funding for gifted student programs, each district has to find a way to get the job done."
They offer these kids nothing in K-8, and now they want to offer them nothing in high school.
Do you want to know what their solution is? On-line courses.
What bothers me the most is that they call these kids gifted and talented. I ran into this with a parent once. She called algebra in 8th grade the "high honors" course. I told her it was the course that most students should be taking. Now, apparently, kids who take honors courses are gifted and talented. The implication is that it would be nice to do something "special" for them, but it can't be done now. The schools aren't getting "extra" money from the state to do this. Once again, they blame it on money, not bad choices.
Lower expectations means lower accountability and less work for schools. It's self-fulfilling; you get what you expect.