School: Honors Classes Will be Decided by Skin Color, Not Intelligence

John Handley High School in Winchester, Virginia.

By Todd Starnes Published on August 8, 2017

A Virginia high school sent a disturbing letter to parents and students announcing they would be selecting students for Advanced Placement and honors classes based on skin color — instead of intelligence.

Martin Luther King, Jr. must be turning over in his grave.

A parent forwarded me a copy of the letter sent from John Handley High School in Winchester. “Through our collective work, advanced classes such as AP and Honors will have proportional representation,” read the letter. “Proportional representation is 40% White, 35% Hispanic, 12% African American, 10% mixed race.”

The letter went on to explain that public schools across the country “continue to see outcomes that are disproportionate by race and social class.” “American demographic trends indicate that America will be a majority minority nation in the next 25 years,” the letter read. “Therefore, the new work of American public schools is to develop systems to address disparate outcomes.”

Interesting — I thought the work of American public schools was to teach kids how to read, write, multiply and divide.

Among those who received the letter was Eric Sitton — the father of a rising sophomore honors student at the high school. “I was taken aback. I couldn’t believe someone would put words like that in print to send around to the homes of students,” he told me.

He said he was especially distressed when his teenage son read the rules governing honors classes. “I felt powerless to help my child,” he said. “Seeing the look on his face when he realized that he was being judged by the color of his skin was agonizing.”

So how does a public school district explain judging children based on their pigmentation? I reached out to the school district multiple times over the past two days but so far — they have not responded to my questions regarding the policy.

“My son asked me, ‘Am I not going to be able to be in an AP class because I’m white?’ And I didn’t know what to tell him,” Mr. Sitton said.

Clearly, the school is playing identity politics. And it won’t be long before they require students to take white privilege classes.

Last year, he said one of his son’s teachers told students she could not believe anyone would vote for Donald Trump. She attempted to influence students with her political ideology.

“It is honestly like trying to run a marathon in mud — trying to deal with the school system,” Mr. Sitton told me.

Hopefully, Mr. Sitton’s son will be among the 40 percent of white people permitted to enroll in honors classes. “I told my son to just do the best you can do, show your aptitude and hopefully you will get the classes you want,” he said.



Todd Starnes is host of Fox News & Commentary, heard on hundreds of radio stations. His latest book is The Deplorables’ Guide to Making America Great Again. Follow Todd on Twitter @ToddStarnes and find him on Facebook.

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  • Paul

    I grew up with this pigmentation quota nonsense in K-12 in the form of forced integration/busing and reverse discrimination. Go here, do this, can’t do that because my skin was paler than other kids. This was in the 70-80’s folks, nothing new. Ironically I’m an immigrant and my immigrant friends from South America and Virgin Islands had preferential access. Somehow I was privileged lol.

  • SophieA

    It’s one thing to take an AP class. It’s quite another to pass the end of course AP test that determines whether college credit will be awarded. No one can guarantee equal outcomes of a passing score to students who were placed in the Honors class based on their skin color and not merit. At least not until the AP tests are rigged.

  • RuthER

    Sounds more like they are trying to cover up their lack of skills at producing merit-based students “of color” for their AP classes. They can’t admit their own failure and try to save their reputations with fake “justice.” And they are discriminating against pale skin as if they are the “failures” who have not done the right thing. As if they have intentionally and actively harmed others. Because they “succeeded” and “worked” and earned respect. It is so twisted, and not only that, but the AP classes will surely be weakened in rigor for the actually strong students. So unfair when the time comes to take the exam for possible college credit in May. Which would help them save $ on tuition. A price which progressives are always complaining about. Hmmm, another ulterior motive. I see a future depleted of any AP classes.

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