This letter is in response to the story published earlier this month by Montclair Local, about updates to Montclair public schools' planned changes to their gifted and talented program.

Full disclosure: I am not gifted and talented. Damned if I don’t worship at the altar of your Mozarts, your Einsteins, your Jonas Salks and, most recently, the geniuses who have brought us the coronavirus vaccines.

However, I can grasp "elite" when I see it. And that ain’t me.

It’s a tough idea to get your arms around. But by my reckoning, the vast chunk of humankind lands squarely in the category of "average." That’s basically my playground, and it suits me just fine.

Mary Levai


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