No Child Left Behind
I guess I'm the only person who thinks this, but I don't mind that "gifted" students receive less attention under a push to help under-performing students. If a choice has to be made, it seems clearly more important to me that a broad range of students become competent in basic skills than that a few brilliant minds are nurtured. Public education fails when children get through who can't read, write or perform basic math well, who enter adulthood with no hope of contributing or participating in society. That is a far bigger failure than when some of the smarter kids are bored in the 4th grade. There, I said it.