In yet another attempt to discriminate against capable students, a district in Rhode Island has decided to eliminate honor classes from its schools.
Previously, distinguished students used to get an opportunity to attend these classes, which prompted many parents to shift to this area.
Future of Students at Stake for a Political Agenda
Schools in Rhode Island were considered the best across the nation. This urged many parents to come to this state even though it has comparatively higher tax rates than other states.
In Barrington, Rhode Island, students used to attend Ivy League Schools or receive merit-based scholarships.
However, this appeal for quality education has been eradicated in the district as it announced an “equity and inclusion” agenda.
This system which is famously known as the universal learning system or de-leveling was first implemented in 2020 in the district of Barrington.
With this, the most vulnerable students of schools, including those with learning disabilities, were barred from attending some conceptual classes.
Rhode Island parents enraged at school board for removing honors classes in 'equity obsession'
A local resident, said, 'Equity' has become an unhealthy obsession, and parents are seeing the impact.'
— Robert J Kingsbury (@RobertJKingsbu1) May 10, 2022
Back then, parents of those children were hesitant to speak out against this discrimination, as they did not want to bring the disabilities of their children in public.
A mother who spoke on the condition of anonymity stated the eradication of conceptual classes caused the grades of her daughter to decline.
According to the mother, the timing of this de-leveling was even suspicious.
The administration did it in the wake of COVID when parents were unable to protest publicly, due to their engagement in other stuff, Fox News learned.
Thus, the mother continued, schools started treating every kid the same way and did not regard the individuality of the kids.
No Longer Honors Classes for Capable Students
Schools are now moving one step further by targeting honors classes this time.
Many schools offered honors classes for English and social studies, which were essential for students to give them an in-depth picture of the subjects.
So, parents protested during their recent meeting against this measure.
One mother stated her daughter lost an opportunity to earn a future merit-based scholarship, due to this.
Similarly, another parent, who was an immigrant, lambasted the idea of promoting so-called equity in the country.
He added while the administration was trying to help people like him, his own parents were unable to speak English; he lived in a hostile neighborhood. These classes were helping his children to learn the language.
Barrington is the highest-achieving school district in Rhode Island.
Then the school removed foundational courses. Then it removed honors classes. To dumb down for "equity."
— Nicole Solas Domestic Terrorist! (@Nicoletta0602) May 10, 2022
Likewise, another father noted Barrington administrators did not think about the impacts of these kinds of measures on the financial stability of students who seek scholarships to study further.
He stated not a single school in other states like Massachusetts had taken this extreme step.
However, Katie Novak, who worked as a consultant with the district, asserted this de-leveling was necessary to neutralize “ableist structures.”