In their drive for mediocrity in public education, supporters of Community Based Education have offered a variety of red-herring arguments to underpin and disguise what is an elitist agenda and to deflect attention from their true motives.
One red-herring criticism of the Diversity Policy is that, "some parents use the Magnet School Program as a way to get a private school education for their children on the public dime," [sic] and predicting that once the program is demolished that those same parents would not have their children attend "those" [sic] schools "simply for diversity" [sic]. This criticism is plainly irrelevant to the discussion. A private school education is not a guarantee of academic excellence, but rather a guarantee of academic exclusiveness.
Diversity is a laudable goal that cannot be accomplished without adequate tools. We all know this. It is not new. Putting outstanding Educators and offering excellent school programs in a few schools located in economically depressed areas makes sense as a tool to achieve that goal and to increase the educational opportunity of all of children in Wake County.
Indy Week • 302 E. Pettigrew St., Suite 300, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
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