To the Editor: Sheffield’s priorities are misplaced

LaVonne Sheffield is at it again. First, she says she wants to put the children first in everything she does. Then, she acts, by discontinuing honors classes. Apparently, dumbing down the Rockford school system is her idea of putting the children first.

She claims that honors classes are a form of segregation. Sure they are; they segregate the bright students from those with lesser capabilities. I don’t know how to break this to LaVonne, but that is the way of the world. Bright, motivated people will always be segregated from those of mediocre or lower capability and drive.

In the aftermath of the People Who Care lawsuit, it was mandated that anyone who wanted to attend an honors class could do so. A number of black students, who previously couldn’t qualify, entered them. That was the purpose of the edict. The net result was that the entire class was muddled in mediocrity. Not because many of the new students had black skin, but because those students were simply not qualified by intellect or industry for advanced classes. Bottom line—many promising students were deprived of a superlative education, with no benefit to the average or below students. This new idiocy is just déjà vu all over again.

Marilyn Holder


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