Tuesday, November 25

Me fail english? That's unpossible.


Here's an article out of the Daily Northwestern. Basically the evanston school system has canceled honors english classes, and instead integrated all the students. They have repeatedly failed to meet guidelines for no child left behind and this is their solution. I guess their hopeful theory is that being an a class together with the smart kids will help the slower kids learn more. Appearing in broad daylight with police everywhere, ladies and gentleman there's only 1 word for that: idiocy. How could putting kids who are different levels in the same class possibly help either. The smart kids will be bored and goofing around, while the dumb kids will not be able to receive the same attention from a teacher who is trying students with very different abilities/motivations. It seems to me that this project is less about bringing the bad students up, than dragging the good students down. There is a big disparity between the success of white students, and minority students at the school. It's better to have everyone performing badly, than have white students performing well and minority students performing badly. If you can't have equality with everyone doing well, equality with everyone doing badly is the next best thing.


Blogger Aras said...

That seems pretty stupid, and bizarre: in Lithuania it's necessary for teachers to work with mixed levels but that's only due to staff/facility shortages. It's considered to be an unfortunate but common last resort.

3:59 AM  
Blogger Trashcan said...

yes, well obviously if you don't have enough kids for more than 1 class, then all the kids have to be together, but if you are going to have 2 classes, why not put all the smartest kids in 1 class, and give them harder material. It doesn't have to be a significantly different curriculum, hell it could be the same, and just grade them on different curves, whatever floats your boat. And if you want to keep them all together when they are young that's also fine, but to suggest that at no time should they be seperated, what is the point in that. People are different, and it's time to start accepting that fact.

10:05 PM  

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