I don’t like the whole notion of “Teaching to the average”. A bell curve distribution should be shown this way. It “rolls down” to average, or tries. But if you’re on either side, you get chopped out — and they don’t know what to do with you.
Special ed. Gifted and “Emotionally Disturbed” are treated equally odd by the system. The lucky get a good teacher that gives the kind of individual attention that, guess what? ALL kids should get. Most though just seem to run it like kid-sitting time issuing out disciplinary actions.
It is a lot better now in a lot of schools. IEP I think it’s called, tries.
My nephew’s in “Cambridge” program which is alright, although it ends up being baby-sitting time where it’s “goof off and play Minecraft / Roblox” a lot. Not that he minded having down time but he often says he might become a teacher just to do things right.
Here it is. He screwed up in 7th for his math, which dropped him into “Honors”, which is “above average normal”. – a 2nd tier – for 8th. But it was good for him as he got to be the smart kid among normal smart kids.
He started, 9th grade today in Cambridge for everything else but math. Still in the normal-above-average track though, he gets to skip an entire semester of Geometry, which affords him another elective for that semester.
Kid’s WAY smarter than I was. I was in that “normal-above-average” but he’s in that top level… and has the usual personality quirks that go along with that.
What blows my mind is that he actually PLANS months ahead of time, what major tests he’s going to blow to keep himself from being too high up. If I ask, he’ll tell me exactly how many homework assignments he can skip and when he plans to skip them.
Been doing that since 5th grade. Blows my mind. I didn’t have that much together about that stuff but he’s completely gamified his school experience to maximize his fun and pressure levels.
He’d be called “Gen Z” Millennials are all about 19-39 now
Yeah, it drives my nephew nuts, as Millennials tended to be more political and extreme about stuff but his generation is just all about mocking previous generations – and themselves.
It reminds me a LOT of Gen-X which is mine – at least the part of Gen-X I respect.