The Greenwich Board of Ed recently spent a great deal of time discussing the possible implementation of a grammar school curriculum focused on math, technology and science in order to address racial imbalance at New Lebanon School. This is grammar school, for heaven’s sake; a second-grader needs to learn how to read, add and subtract, not design bio-weapons – plenty of time for the latter in high school. Is a Riverside parent going to bus her child to Byram so the kid can learn calculus at 11? I think not (besides, in Riverside, they hire tutors for that).
Less time spent trying to placate the state’s demand that we assign students to schools by race and more on teaching basic skills to all students would be a good thing, I think, but then, I’m not a liberal, to whom intentions count more than results.