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Posted at 9:28 PM ET, 11/14/2010

The right way to boost diversity at TJ

By Nancy Stoepker, Sterling

Regarding Jay Mathews's Nov. 8 Metro column, "Diversity: A tough test for Jefferson":

Mr. Mathews seems to believe that Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology should lower its standards to admit underqualified students, without considering what happens to those students when they cannot keep up.

To me, lowering standards is counterproductive to a student's education. It would be more beneficial to students, and to Thomas Jefferson High, to raise the bar and demand equal education of all students from the areas feeding into TJ.

If the students were equally educated, there would be more diversity at Thomas Jefferson.

By Nancy Stoepker, Sterling  | November 14, 2010; 9:28 PM ET
Categories:  Fairfax County, education, schools  
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But that flys in the face of decades of Liberal Educational Theory, whereby diversity is the ends, not whether anyone gets a education.

Posted by: ronjaboy | November 15, 2010 6:22 AM | Report abuse

Thank you for pointing out such an option. Over 10,000 people worked for FairGrades within FCPS. The community of Fairfax may work just as hard for fair schools. It is time to bring the resources of this high school, TJHSST, back into our neighborhood schools. TJ students have clubs during their school day, smaller class sizes, extended day and so on. Let’s provide our local students such opportunities.
Other posters at the Washington Post have commented how busing did not end segregation. Unfortunately, TJ demonstrates how busing still works quite well to create segregation. FCPS currently seems to be working to reduce busing as it returns extended learning and GT program options to our base schools. Hopefully, this trend will continue and include TJ.

Posted by: BarneyURspecial | November 15, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

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