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05 September 2018 @ 05:49 am
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Can a public school system that does not track by ability adequately serve the gifted and talented? Spoiler alert: NO

Thanx to Slate Star Codex
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msrat1900 on September 5th, 2018 07:12 pm (UTC)
I favor acceleration, any kind. To the argument that the younger child will not "fit in", the answer is that all students need to learn to be respectful of other students, no matter where they stand in terms of "rank" of various kinds, e.g. "age", "grade".

It was quite standard years ago. A student might be in "fourth grade", but take his math with the eighth-graders. Or another child might be advanced one or two years in "grade level". More than that was seen as socially dangerous. But, hey, you take what you can get.

Our own family solution has been the community college system. Many community colleges have no strict age requirements and will enroll a kid of any age, provided she can persuade a teacher or counselor that she knows the stuff and can do the work.

And of course it is good to remember that a school at any level is allowed to enroll any student they think will benefit by their teaching, regardless of age or prior level of enrollment and regardless of diplomas or lack thereof.

If education were done right, it would not even be "acceleration", it would simply be providing each child with the appropriate education.
Elenbarathielenbarathi on September 5th, 2018 07:34 pm (UTC)
"In a world where schools are struggling to help every kid learn to read, the ethics of only assigning tutors to gifted students is dubious and almost certainly a political impossibility. The cost of assigning a tutor to every child, meanwhile, would do something special to property taxes."

Unless the tutors were high-school students earning class credits for tutoring. Such a program would cost almost nothing, and would be as instructive for the tutors as for their pupils.