Once upon a time, the idea was equality, meaning we would treat everyone the same. This is a good thing, of course, and we have laws that demand we do just that. There’s no room for discrimination based on things like race, religion, sex, or any other trait like that.
Personally, I think that kind of discrimination is idiotic anyway.
However, recently, there’s been more and more of a push toward equity, rather than equality. What this means isn’t just everyone being treated the same, but that everyone gets the exact same, regardless of any other factor.
Now, this may sound good in theory. In practice, though it means that people aren’t allowed to excel. If they do, someone else is going to get left behind and that simply can’t be allowed.
A prime example of that comes from the Virginia Department of Education.
The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is moving to eliminate all accelerated math options prior to 11th grade, effectively keeping higher-achieving students from advancing as they usually would in the school system.
Loudoun County school board member Ian Serotkin posted about the change via Facebook on Tuesday. According to Serotkin, he learned of the change the night prior during a briefing from staff on the Virginia Mathematics Pathway Initiative (VMPI).
"[A]s currently planned, this initiative will eliminate ALL math acceleration prior to 11th grade," he said. "That is not an exaggeration, nor does there appear to be any discretion in how local districts implement this. All 6th graders will take Foundational Concepts 6. All 7th graders will take Foundational Concepts 7. All 10th graders will take Essential Concepts 10. Only in 11th and 12th grade is there any opportunity for choice in higher math courses."
Now, an official from the VDOE had this to offer:
VDOE spokesperson Charles Pyle indicated to Fox News that the courses would allow for at least some variation depending on students' skill level. "Differentiated instruction means providing instruction that is catered to the learning needs of each child (appropriate levels of challenge and academic rigor)," Pyle said.
On VDOE's website, the state features an infographic that indicates VMPI would require "concepts" courses for each grade level. It states various goals like "[i]mprove equity in mathematics learning opportunities," "[e]mpower students to be active participants in a quantitative world," and "[i]dentify K-12 mathematics pathways that support future success."
Except, that variation won’t include accelerated math courses, all because not everyone will be able to take part.
See, equity isn’t about making lives better. It’s about pulling everyone down. It’s the proverbial crab bucket where the crabs pull down any others that might be about to escape the bucket.
However, it’s more than that, too. It’s also about dumping shrimp in there too just so the crabs don’t feel bad about not getting out of the bucket.
There’s nothing in this plan that will help struggling students achieve, it just holds back those who are able to do so already.
But that’s equity.
Sounds kind of like communism, right? Trust me, there’s a reason for that.
Communism is predicated on class warfare, the idea that someone has something you don’t. Equity ideology takes it from simply apply to economics and instead applies it to everything, including education.
The irony? We’ve been told for years that our children need to get a better grasp of science and math, yet now we’re seeing how some of them are going to be held back in the name of equity.
No, I don’t like it.
Neither should anyone else, really. Holding students back just because everyone can’t excel sounds like something straight out of Harrison Bergeron. That was meant to be a warning, not an instruction manual.
Then again, these are the people who think 1984 and Brave New World are instructional, too. Oh, and let’s not forget about Atlas Shrugged while we’re at it.
Yet it’s time to put an end to all of this stupidity. Our children deserve so much better. To do that, though, we’ve got to stop allowing education to be the domain of the Marxist.