Excellence Crushed in the Name of Diversity

In a world run by egalitarian moonbats, no child left behind means no child can be allowed to get ahead.

One of the most racially mixed high schools in Illinois, Evanston has a mission of embracing diversity and promoting equity and excellence for all students. But its own data show that few minority students make it into the school’s most rigorous courses that will best prepare them for college and the future.

Who could be to blame for minority students failing to achieve excellence? Overachieving white kids, of course. So educrats have no choice but to punish them:

Across the Chicago region, high school officials say they are making inroads in diversifying their advanced classes, but Evanston is considering the boldest step of all: eliminating an elite honors English course that has traditionally been offered to the highest-achieving incoming freshmen — usually white.

Freshmen who outscore 95% of their peers nationally on achievement tests will no longer have their own class, but will be lumped in with students who can barely read in the name of imposing social justice.

There’s only one way to achieve equality of outcome: coercively reduce everyone to the lowest common denominator.

At least schools are teaching the highly useful skill of speaking Newspeak. How’s this for Orwellian:

“It’s time for all students to experience excellence,” said Naomi Daugherty, co-president of the Student Council this year.

Obviously, if all students experience it, it isn’t excellence, but mediocrity. So we’ll just rename mediocrity as excellence, mandate it, and voilà: diversity, which is what liberals call it when everyone is forced to be the same.

Don’t be too hard on the educrat apparatchiks at Evanston. They have to answer to a higher authority…

U.S. Department of Education has stepped up civil rights monitoring that gauges whether schools are providing minority students access to rigorous programs.

That is, either put black kids who don’t belong there in the honors programs, kill the honors programs, or have Obamunist bureaucrats breathing down your neck.

Meanwhile this school is spending an astounding $20,000 per pupil per year. Best to keep Washington happy and the gravy train rolling. In a society militantly devoted to mediocrity, smart kids are expendable anyway.

On a tip from Richard. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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