What sports fan would try to make all basketball players equal by drafting, training and spending the same amount on each player no matter his height or skill? And yet this is the approach of the US school system. The entire focus is on ‘closing the gap.’ To this end, the best and brightest students, upon which society is highly dependent to create wealth, jobs and technological innovation, are largely ignored while the less intelligent and less bright students are given a great deal of attention and resources. In fact, from my experience, far more money is spent on the less gifted students, including those students with severe handicaps who will never be able to achieve or produce much in the real world. If you were trying to undermine the future success of a society you couldn’t do much better than to inflict upon them an educational system like we have here in the US.
The above logic is absolute heresy in the education field. It’s largely why after a brief time I quickly lost interest in teaching in the US system. I have no desire to spend all my time in an impossible attempt to ‘close the gap’ between intelligent and unintelligent students. The reality is that we are not equal and no amount of money spent by the school system can change that fact. In fact, some of the absolute lowest performing cities, regions and States spend the most on education. Nor is it true that everyone can learn the same things. Some people will never be able to grasp certain concepts. That’s just reality. Spending lots of money on people who are unintelligent is a waste. And ignoring the best and brightest to do so is criminal, in my view. The US educational system can not be reformed because it is based on false ideas. Until those ideas are given up, any attempt at reform is doomed to failure.