The kids are bored!July 10, 2012 @ 8:21 am (Updated: 10:44 am - 7/10/12 )
It's official! America's school children want to work harder!
"You might think that the nation's teenagers are drowning in school work, but our report found the opposite," said Ulrich Boser, at the Center for American Progress, who analyzed federal surveys of students.
"We found 37 percent of 4th graders say that their math work is often or always too easy. More than a third of high school seniors report that they hardly ever write about what they read in class," said Boser.
Here's my theory, based solely on casual observation, and stuff I've heard teachers say.
The bell curve is a fact of life. In any human endeavor, most people are in the middle -- with a few who always excel, and a few who never get it.
So if you want everyone to meet a certain standard, you have a choice. You can move the standard to the left, or shift the whole curve to the right.
If you have the money, you AMP up the education so you can keep a high standard and bring everybody up to it.
But the curve will persist regardless!
Which means some will ALWAYS get it faster than others.
So the former low achievers are now high achievers, but the former high achievers -- are bored.
When I went to school, in the crazy sixties, kids were divided into academic tracks. The idea was to bump you up a track until you were no longer bored, or bump you down until you were no longer overwhelmed.
But that began to look elitist, and so we replaced it with the well-intentioned concept of No Child Left Behind, only to come face to face with its insidious doppelganger: No Child Sprints Ahead.
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