An elite New York City Middle School attempted to remove its advanced math classes, sparking outrage among parents.
According to the New York Post, NYC’s Lab Middle School for Collaborative Studies’ Principal Megan Adams emailed parents stating that the school “will no longer have leveled math courses.”
“I know this is a change,” Adams said. “I assure you that this decision was not made lightly.”
Maggie Feurtado, the former educator who created the advanced math placement test and curriculum, told the New York Post that she was “simply appalled” by the school’s decision.
“This is all in the name of equity. And it’s likely coming from above,” Feurtado said. “But it’s misguided. Having everyone in the same class hurts everybody.”
The teacher — who taught in the city for 17 years — said that the entrance exam assessed not just a student’s knowledge of mathematics, but critical thinking skills as well. The elite middle school feeds into ultra-competitive high schools in the New York