It is not considered “elitist” to allow some children to play high school soccer, while other less-athletically-gifted children cannot. Why, then, is it “elitist” to have a special program in our district for academically gifted children? Teach School does not even have an entrance exam.
Academically gifted students have special needs, too. A school such as Teach can help a child feel accepted and encouraged to use his or her talents to the fullest. Our country needs more scientists, engineers and mathematicians. How will it get them if admitting to academic giftedness is considered “elitist?”
Parents unite. Learn how the district is using funds earmarked for teaching the academically gifted. Learn your child’s needs. Help each other. Don’t be afraid to reach out and find resources together, such as the John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. I wish I had not been afraid to go for it more.