Editor: Your recent editorial on Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Techology [“Court Ruling on TJ Admissions Strikes Blow for Fairness”] asks school leaders across Northern Virginia to “work to ensure that all students, starting in elementary school, have the tools they require for maximum success, so that when it comes time for them to take the TJ entrance exam, all are on a relatively even footing.”
But even more fundamental, I think, is the question, Why we are creating this “Hunger Games” scenario for scarce seats in the first place?
There is more demand for this kind of Governor’s School education than we have seats, and from students who can succeed at it.
It’s not for every kid; my own children were well served by the regular Arlington schools, but for those for whom it’s suited, it can be life-changing.
It doesn’t cost a lot more to provide these seats than it does to provide “regular” high-school seats – so how about another Governor’s School in Northern Virginia?
Dave Schutz, Arlington