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  •  Different problems in different places (4+ / 0-)

    For example, some districts (including LAUSD) have the problem of lots of kids that move frequently. In those cases, having a set curriculum and having every grade in every school on the same schedule is very important to supporting those (generally low achieving) kids.

    I hate the idea of a fixed curriculum everywhere and I value choices, but in some places it's being done for a significant and important reason.

    Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

    by elfling on Sun Aug 28, 2011 at 09:26:00 AM PDT

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    •  My kids were in LAUSD & my concern... (0+ / 0-)

      was that it seemed that only half the kids were interested in that sort of pre-digested standardized curriculum, while the other half were not, did not want to be in class and tended to drag down the energy of the classroom for the teacher and the kids who wanted to be there.  That other 50% needed other options than the conventional instruction.

      Cooper Zale Los Angeles

      by leftyparent on Sun Aug 28, 2011 at 11:05:02 AM PDT

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    •  I would argue exactly the opposite... (0+ / 0-)

      with kids that move a lot, the teacher would better be able to serve his/her class if the curriculum was flexible. It could change to the needs of that classroom that year.

      •  The issue is that you might have the same child (1+ / 0-)
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        in 4 different classrooms during the year.

        The idea of all the classrooms in lockstep is personally distressing to me, but people I respect tell me that for these kids, who get very lost in the system, this change has made a positive difference.

        Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

        by elfling on Sun Aug 28, 2011 at 06:08:42 PM PDT

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        •  That's actually part of the problem, isn't it? (0+ / 0-)

          I was a kid that was jumped around like that.

          We moved from England to California. I was ahead in reading and behind in math.

          When I arrived they put me in 1st grade. Teachers felt I was not well served. They skipped me to 2nd.

          The second year they decided that I wasn't ready for third so they kept me in 2nd.

          The third year they decided that I needed to be in 4th grade so they had me skip 3rd.

          I learned how to write cursive and do my multiplication tables at home because I missed them in 3rd grade.

          What a mess. If the school would have had a system designed where kids could progress as needed with mixed age students, the process would not have been anywhere near as painful.

          And, yes, my own experience as an elementary student and military kid lead to my decision to homeschool my boys as we moved around from base to base.

          Schools that experience large populations of moving families should adapt.

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