December 21, 2008

Abandoning grades

Not just the kind of grades you usually hear about in the 'let's make the kids feel better' crap going on in schools - a metro Denver school district is abandoning grades.  As in, when Grandma asks your kid what grade he's in, Grandma's going to get a blank stare that's going to have her (maybe rightfully) questioning the value of your child's public education.

I have to admit, I have mixed feelings on this.  My son's at a charter school that does something sort of similar - he's placed in math and literacy classes according to his tested ability, and it's working out well.  Adams 50 is a district with a high poverty rate and a high percentage of non-English speakers.  It's going to take highly motivated teachers to make this work, and I'm not sure an urban school district is going to have that sort of teaching staff across the board.

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