Originally Posted by Flor
When I was student teaching I was completely shocked. The "regular" classes were all latino and white resource students. The "honors" classes where all the white kids and a couple of third/fourth generation latinos (I had two white girls who were clearly not cutting it in honors. I asked the master teacher about it and she said their mothers had them moved out of "regular" classes because they were "culturally uncomfortable" in the regular classes.) The gifted classes were 100% white. At a school that was 75% latino. No one wanted to talk about it.
I hate to say I'm not shocked.
I wish I was, but I'm not.
I sat here and pondered to my husband as to why my friend and I got into "every" TAG in the first place, being that neither of our parents were in the school system. Why had we not just been left out of TAG altogether like so many of the other black students who didn't have parents in the school system either and who clearly were talented, at least in some categories.
I hate to toot my horn and think of myself and as extremely smart. I hate that, and I don't think I am...some people tell me I am, but I hate to think about it.
But, during the first time that they started pulling us out for TAG, I had a black teacher. That was first grade.
I don't remember, but my mom said in first grade, the whole year, I never made a *B* on a paper. I had A's all down my report cards from the first 6 weeks of school down to the last 6 weeks before summer break.
I think it would have been blatantly obvious to my first grade teacher, who was black, if I hadn't got considered for TAG with the rest of the students who had been considered. I think that she probably herself would have kicked up a stink if I had not been considered for TAG; The reasoning would have been brazenly obvious and difficult to disprove, had I been left out.
No doubt, my friend (who was also extremely intelligent) was in a same situation; where it would have totally uncovered the whole "agenda" had he been left out of TAG as brilliant as he is.
They had to cover their tracks and put on a "politically correct" appearance, and leaving us out may have crushed that and exposed them.
At least that's my theory looking back.