Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2007 | Vladimir Kogan (“Funding for Poorest Students Divides School Board“) didn’t mention that the school board is also spending money on a program to deal with truancy and gangs, problems which could be greatly alleviated, in my opinion, if they spent more money on the neediest kids to begin with.

But even more serious are the JROTC programs, which funnel kids to Iraq. If we’re going to spend 12 years educating kids, only to use them for cannon fodder, wouldn’t it be a lot cheaper to just shoot them before they enter kindergarten?

Many of the gifted and talented kids are the children of gifted and talented parents who inherited advantages that the parents and grandparents of the neediest kids never had. How gifted and talented do you have to be to figure out that if you don’t start to make things right now, you’re just perpetuating the inequities that began with slavery?

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