Out In Left Field: Rewarding smart students

Here in America, we’re constantly shortchanging our smartest students. Even before the Common Core took hold, our schools have been watering down gifted programs or eliminating them entirely. One particularly insidious strategy is to do what Montgomery County has done with math acceleration: open up accelerated classes to a lot more students while keeping standards high. Then, when failure rates in these classes spike, conclude that the problem is acceleration itself rather than who’s being accelerated, brand the phenomenon as “over-acceleration,” and argue that the classes in question should be decelerated—if not eliminated entirely.

via Out In Left Field: Rewarding smart students.

 

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