In January, the Berkeley (Calif.) School Board began consideration of a near-unanimous recommendation of Berkeley High School's Governance Council to eliminate science labs from its curriculum, reasoning that the classes mostly serve white students, leaving less money for programs for underperforming minorities. Berkeley High's white students do far better academically than the state average; black and Latino students do worse than average. Five science teachers would be dismissed. [East Bay Express, 12-23-09]
I don't know what bothers me more - denying white students (and everyone else in the schools)an adequate education, or the insulting assumption that minority students are too stupid to do science. Obviously the answer to educational disparity is to water down the curriculum.