Wednesday, November 24, 2010
WLS radio reported this morning that the Evanston Township High School, in the Obama electoral stronghold of Evanston, IL, was scrapping a number of its honors and advanced placement programs.
The reason, according to ETHS Superintendent, Eric Witherspoon, is that too many whites are qualifying for the program.
Make no mistake about it, Evanston is one of the premier, left-wing Obama strongholds in the entire State of Illinois. The North suburban berg voted 87.14% for Obama in the 2008 Presidential election. According to the Pioneer Press the black precincts of Evanston, delivered 98.03% of the vote for Obama, while even the traditional Republican precincts in that town heaved up 60.8% for him.
This is one very wildly left-wing town -- home of the overt socialist Congressperson, Jan Schakowsky, no less.
So you would think that the educational establishmentarians there, would get into the spirit of their beloved Obama's October 19th Executive Order on Educational Excellence.
In signing it, he said, "It is imperative to improve opportunities for all students and make sure each child has access to a good education ... so that every child has a chance to fulfill their God-given potential."
So you would think that such a lofty pronunciamento would signal a need to maintain special educational opportunities for the gifted student.
But not so for the overpaid unionized "educators" in Evanston. They're into levelling.
It seems that a variety of top-tracked, special honors classes for gifted students who scored in the top 95th percentile of nationally-standardized tests were attracting mostly white and Asian students. And hardly any blacks.
So the solution proposed by Witherspoon & Co.?
Eliminate the honors programs.
In past years they have eliminated senior English honors programs and now they propose to eliminate honors curricula for freshman biology and freshman Humanities.
Witherspoon, who pulls down $230,000 of the taxpayers dollars per year knows on which side his political bread is buttered. That is, of course, in pandering to the left-wing mob of Evanston levellers.
(You can see Witherspoon's salary and the salaries of all ETHS personnel here.)
Funny that this great Obama claque doesn't take the anointed one at face value when he talks about the need for all kids to be given a chance to "fulfill their God-given abilities."
Too bad for the gifted and above-average kids of Evanston, Illinois.
(Evanston Township High School is located at 1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston, IL 60201 | 847-424-7000, http://witherspoon.eths.k12.il.us)