"That Little Girl Was Me."
|Above copied from Common Dreams|
The gross underrepresentation of both black and Hispanic children in gifted or advanced academic programs is so prevalent. In most districts the 20% threshold for equitable participation (the difference between the percentage of a group in special programs cannot be more than 20% different from the percentage of that group in general education) is broken so many times over yet people do not seem to recognize that these programs are essentially racially segregating.
And it is perhaps because we only hear, "That little girl was me", and fail to notice that "We have to take it seriously. We have to act swiftly." In Texas, a recent study published in Gifted Child Quarterly hints that the significant under-representation of blacks and Hispanics in gifted programs can be traced not to institutions or systems. It can be traced to us, humans, who are making the decisions. If we are not acting swiftly then we are either ignorant or indifferent.