Driving Out the Desirables
Add this to the list of lists that place Rhode Island on the wrong side:
As of the most recent state report card issued by the National Association for Gifted Children, Rhode Island ranks at the bottom in nearly all categories, earning the state the dubious label of “most in need” with regard to critical indicators of quality gifted-education.
Failing to accommodate those with a higher capacity to learn is yet another way in which the socialist underpinnings of the state create the conditions for rot, with the expectation that talented, productive people will merely stay put while walls are built around them and their quality of life is threatened. Instead of egalitarianism, you get productive people fleeing the state and talented children departing the schools (which drags down scores and adversely affects the learning environment for all children).
Through personal channels, I recently heard the story of a Tiverton middle schooler who’s pestering her parents to send her to private school because she’s not being challenged. Children only have one opportunity to slide down the educational ramp that determines their momentum for much of their lives. After graduation, it’s a much harder slog. In this, as in so many ways, Rhode Island fails its citizens.