On Sat, Feb 18, 2012 at 12:34 AM, Wayne Bishop <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > Well, "as much as they could be developed" is an impossibly high standard. > Doing the best we can with what we've got, is not. Simply advancing > students who are well beyond the level of their class helps keep them > challenged academically, an important facet of avoiding sheer boredom. That > actually saves money because those students graduate earlier. A great > solution used by the ABC Unified School District in my geographical area can > be - and should be - widely implemented in districts with several high > schools. I believe I described this earlier but just in case, their idea is > to invite the top x% from each of the district's elementary schools at the > end of 6th grade (thereby hitting all geographical areas no matter what the > racial or socioeconomic makeup). Those who accept are tested and placed in > their appropriate class; e.g., in mathematics, algebra for those who > already, pre-algebra for those who are at that level, and even below if > necessary. Once properly placed to be both successful and challenged, the > students are not prohibited from advancing more rapidly if they demonstrate > proper mastery. Without being ridiculous about it (students do enjoy the > experience), academic success is the focus. SAT scores are consistently > among the top in the state and nearly 100% enter college without > remediation, many to very prestigious ones. This from an ordinary, > working-class region, not Palo Alto or La Jolla. > > Predictably, the ed schools consider this to be a violation of their > perception of equality for all and the school has had to regularly fight for > continued existence. When I inquired about arranging to place student > teachers there, the chair of their mathematics department told me that they > had already inquired but our university had refused their invitation because > it was not the kind of experience that they wanted our students to have. > Teaching mathematics to students who pay attention and do the homework was > beyond the pale. > > Wayne >
What makes you think that any of this you want to see happen would actually happen for all gifted and profoundly gifted without it being legally mandated?